I was reading a verse about the disciples were to go out and preach the Gospel. They are to not take any gold or silver and put them in the pocket. They were to trust God for what they need and know that their needs will be met.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,[a] cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, 10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.
Preaching is not for anyone of us to make a living off of it but to bring Salvation to others. Just as we received Salvation as Free gift but it cost the Son of God his Life on the Cross.
"Freely you have received, freely give." Wow.. that's pretty sums it up. As a pastor, I should preach for free, not to make a living out of it Christ gave me free gift of Salvation and I should share the Gospel to others for free. His Love for you is free. His forgiveness for you is free. So if I was to give you 20 dollars, it should be a gift, not a loan. If I was to help you tend your yard or mow your yard, it should be out of love and desire to do so.
Which made me wonder and ponder about something.. What if all the local pastors were do preach for free and not get paid a penny at all and earn money by going to work? Nothing wrong with money or possession but what are our priorities? If we put God first and obey His commandments, then we should be taken care of. Being a pastor is a privilege, not a job. Pastor is there to greet, help, minister, and make sure they go home as uplifted spirits. I have seen pastors come on stage as an entertainer and not uplifting anyone's spirits at all. If we, as pastor, have no building to preach, do we stop preaching? No! We keep on preaching until God calls us home.
As the bible say, it's easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven. Love is much more greater than all the gold and silver in the world. It's the greatest gift any one of us can share.
Don't take wealth as your number one source of happiness. Our true richness is in our heart when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. That free gift is eternal life through Jesus Christ.
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