Monday 11 January, 2021

1 Corinthians 9:1-14

9 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord? 2 Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. 3 This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me. 4 Don’t we have the right to food and drink? 5 Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas? 6 Or is it only I and Barnabas who lack the right to not work for a living? 7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk? 8 Do I say this merely on human authority? Doesn’t the Law say the same thing? 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.”[b] Is it about oxen that God is concerned? 10 Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. 11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? 12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? 14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.

Paul is defending himself here to be able to eat, live and receive offerings/wages for his preaching of the Gospel.  He speaks of the other disciples receiving food, housing and care for their service to the church and their ministry.  I am so glad that as a church we have so many people who give and tithe towards the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

It is a blessing for us to employ those who have gifts of ministry and leadership.  It is a gift to have so many people who give of their time, talents and abilities free of charge as well.  I am constantly amazed at the generosity, love and care that exudes from our church.  The meals, funds, help, prayer, love, and care that people show each other. 

There is so much need in the world, and at times we all have seasons of need; however I watch how individuals sacrificially give of their lives to each other and it blesses me to see it – how much it must bless Jesus to see His Church in action.  We are called to Love God and Love Others.  Let’s continue to BE the CHURCH.

Father, thank you for the blessing of Christ, His example of how to love.  Help us to love and care for each other.  Show us what we can do to bless, encourage, and extend in your Kingdom amongst us and to our community.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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