TOPIC: CHRISTIAN ATTITUDE TO THE MINISTERS- PART 2
BIBLE TEXT: LUKE 10:7
*And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.*
Jesus sent his disciples without any money or food items but told them they to eat where they minister. He told his disciples, whatever you are giving where you are serving is what you should live on. Imagine people he sent them to refuses to minister to their need, they would probably have died. Although at this age, things have indeed changed. Only a few pastors are sent out of their domain but there are missionaries in a different part of the world doing the Lord’s work, it is our responsibility to aid them.
In Romans 10:14, the Bible says:
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
In the verses above, we learned that people cannot believe and call on God until someone preached the gospel to them, they cannot be preached to except someone is sent to them. Thank God for pastors in the city, what about the souls of men and women that are in the wilderness. Someone needs to go there and preach to them. Today, the average preacher doesn’t want to be in the village including me because most times, they are not remembered and properly taking care of.
For example, I was doing a financial relief to missionaries a few months ago. I posted on Facebook that whoever knows a missionary that needs financial help should send me a private message. Among all the names sent, I called and sent money to almost all of them that indeed need it but one case caught my attention. Immediately I called him, he doesn’t have my number and I just told him he should me his account details. I sent him money immediately and he called after some minutes to tell me, they were still ruminating on how to go oil to mix the food they were to eat and no money. They were in this sad mood when I called and sent them money, he was shocked and didn’t know how to thank me enough. That day, I took an interest in the forgotten ones.
Brethren, if you are satisfied and think acquiring luxury alone is your goal in Christendom, you are a failure. Think about those who dare their lives to go to nations where death can take place in a blink of an eye.
When basket offering for missionaries is passed, don’t ever ignore it. But then, if you can see missionaries around you, bless them or a local pastor who genuinely is in need. Or, look for a church no matter the denomination and bless them if they need it more.
Finally, I made it a personal vow with God never to take honorarium in any church that the building is under construction. I have been to about ten churches of such in the last few years and never take a penny. I always decline it and told then to use it for the Church project. Sometimes the envelop looks good but the Kingdom first before self-satisfaction. It is more blessed to give than to receive – Acts 20:35
Oluwaseun Isaac Agbenla