What is the bigger picture? God does not expect His people to serve Him in full-time ministry for nothing. He does not expect pastors to leave their professions to do pastoral work without having no provision to feed himself or his family. God is not like that. God provides for His church, what more for His priests. He promises to provide for everyone’s needs, and this includes those who are in full-time ministry.
In the Old Testament, God provides for His priest by giving them a portion of the sacrifice. It is the similar context in the 21st century church. A portion of the tithes and offerings are given to the minister to provide for him and his family.
18 Scripture says, “Do not stop an ox from eating while it helps separate the grain from the straw.” (Deuteronomy 25:4) Scripture also says, “Workers are worthy of their pay.” (Luke 10:7) (1 Timothy 5:18)
Even when Scripture defend what God rightfully assigns to the minister, a lot of Christians do not feel they have a part in the big picture. They understand God provides for His priests, but they feel that it is God’s responsibility, not theirs. They do not feel that they have a part in providing for their ministers and other Christian workers.
Myth: Pastors Should Be Poor
If supporting your ministers is not bringing joy to your generation, then there must be a corruption of the mind when it comes to generosity and obedience.
A lot people assume that because people in full-time ministry are “godlier” (there’s no such thing), that they can (or should) live in poverty. There are a lot of issues with this mindset. According to the Bible, a generous share of what we give God rightfully belongs to those who minister in His name. Participating in this ancient practice has brought joy to God’s people. If supporting your ministers is not bringing joy to your generation, then there must be a corruption of the mind when it comes to generosity and obedience.
The blessing does not stop with the ministers. There is a wider principle here. The church is royal priesthood, in which every believer has the priestly duty to serve the living God. Thus, God is able to provide for everyone who does this duty. It’s just the more obvious and apparent ones in this office are the pastors. Bottomline is this — the God who apportioned to His priests nice, juicy pieces of meat can graciously supply whatever you may need.
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