Work while you minister
Don’t you remember, dear brothers and sisters, how hard we worked among you? Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that we would not be a burden to any of you as we preached God’s Good News to you. 1 Thessalonians 2:9
Have you ever known anyone who pulls on others to take care of them? I’m not talking about people with a legitimate need or disability. I’m talking about people who would drop little hints of what they are praying for as if to say, “you should meet this need.” What about people in ministry that use guilt as a means to get people to serve and give? These things should not be, and yet, they are.
In today’s scripture, the apostle Paul talks about not being a burden to the Thessalonian church. He was determined not to depend on them to support the ministry, so much that he worked night and day on his own profession to ensure that the needs of the ministry were met. In fact, he goes on in verse 10 to say how devout, justly and blameless his team acted when they were there. He said this to reinforce the fact that they are not in ministry for financial gain, but rather to fulfill the call of God.
Paul’s team persevered through all that came their way in ministry. Both the good and the bad. They depended on God to supply their needs and He did that through their working in their profession at a daily job. Yes, they did have other sources. We know the Philippian church gave into the ministry and others, too. The point is that Paul’s team didn’t ask, and they didn’t wait around until funds show up. They went out there and fulfilled the call on their life and did ministry while they worked.
Today I want to encourage you to fulfill the call of God on your life. Don’t be the one who says: “I know God has this plan and as soon as the money comes in, I will do it.” Start by doing ministry at your job. When you get an increase in hours or pay, consider that to be God’s help along the way. Don’t pull on others to meet your needs, trust God has a plan and He will make sure you have what you need to live and to share His love with others. As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:7 “Who serves as a soldier at his won expense?” And in 1 Timothy 5:18 he said “the worker is worthy of his wages.” Trust God today by taking next steps in His plan and as the need increases, believe His supply will too.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12