Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 29, 2020

“So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Corinthians 9:1-14.

“Am I not free?  Am I not an apostle?  Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?  Are you not my work in the Lord?  If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you;  for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

My defense to those who examine me is this:  Do we not have a right to eat and drink?  Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?  Or do only Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?  Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense?  Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it?  Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?

I am not speaking these things according to human judgment, am I?  Or does not the Law also say these things?  For it is written in the Law of Moses, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING.” God is not concerned about oxen, is He?  Or is He speaking altogether for our sake?  Yes, for our sake it was written, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops.  If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?  If others share the right over you, do we not more?  Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.  Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar?  So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.”  1 Corinthians 9:1-14.

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“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.  Freely you received, freely give.  Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff;  for the worker is worthy of his support.”  Matthew 10:7-10.

“So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.”  Verse 14.

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”  Hebrews 4:12-13.

Today’s Scripture pierces through our thoughts and intentions to not properly support our ministers.  Today’s Scripture does not allow us to only superficially agree that our ministers should be able to get their living from their service without having to work at another full-time job without also working in our hearts to judge our deceit and to cause us to give as we should to allow our ministers to do so.

“If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?”  Verse 11.

“Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them.  For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.”  Romans 15:27.


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