TOPIC: CHRISTIANS ATTITUDE TO GOSPEL MINISTERS – PART 1
BIBLE TEXT: 1 COR. 9:11
If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? – 1 Cor. 9:11
If you keep your Shepherd in need, your need cannot be paramount to him. A minister we willfully keep poor as a congregation will pray for his need before praying for the Church and ultimately, affect the outcome of the Church. A minister of the gospel that has sowed into your life spirituality deserves your material blessings. Some Christians don’t think this way and that is why they breed greedy ministers who use a gimmick to exploit their congregant. Pastors who involve in such extortion deserves to be blamed and congregation who refuses to support their pastor in time of need will have their own share.
If you were healed by the anointing upon a man of God instead of being taken to the hospital, why don’t you appreciate the vessel the Lord has used for you with part of the money you ought to spend in the hospital? This is just logical but sometimes, we neglect them. This is why some ministers pursue material things than the anointing of the Spirit.
In 1 Cor. 9:7, the Bible says:
Who goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? OR WHO TENDS A FLOCK AND DOES NOT DRINK OF THE MILK OF THE FLOCK?
From the verse above, any labourer that tends the flock deserves to drink of the milk produces by the flock. Whoever is ministering to your spiritual need is tending you as a flock. Your local pastor who is feeding you with the word of God deserves your material support if they are in need and if you have capacity to support. You don’t have to be a millionaire to show appreciation, a recharge card or flower can show your attitude to his service to you as a saint.
There are families that were sustained and overcame divorce by the kind of spiritual leadership provided by the local pastor, at the end of the year, put such pastor in your good book for Christmas gift. If you are to book an appointment with a counselor, it will cost more.
In 1 Cor. 9:9, the Bible says: For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it about oxen that God is concerned about? No. God is here explaining that a minister should not be neglected whether rich or poor.
What does the verse say? Don’t deny whoever has laboured, mentored, fed you Sunday to Sunday when the harvest comes. Do you know there are Christians who only remember their pastor in times of trouble? When all is well, they dine alone but when all is bad, the pastor must stand in the gap. That shouldn’t be the attitude of a genuinely born again Christian.
Beloved, if God is using his minister for you, let God use you for the minister most especially those who left all for the advancement of the kingdom of God. Like our golden verse says, if they have blessed you spiritually, you should endeavor to bless them materially. That is the spiritual principle.
There are believers who will give to anybody except their pastor. No matter how rich your local pastor maybe, extend your blessings to them. It is for your own good. No matter how small, it is a sweet-smelling savour to God.
At the beginning of this pandemic, I was led to give financial relief to missionaries serving in remote areas of Nigeria of which I did with gladness and excitement. At the end of all of this giveaway, non-missionaries and families that counted about fourty benefited from the financial and material relief program. I never knew God would lead me to write on this topic when I did that.
I have to go a long way to successfully carry out the program. Meanwhile, I am a Pastor of a local church myself. As a Pastor reading this, it is also time to reach out to those below and needing.
May God give us wisdom in Jesus’ name.
Oluwaseun Isaac Agbenla