Read Galatians 6:6
Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the Word should share all things with their instructor.
How are you supporting kingdom work by sharing with those who teach God’s Word?
When I was at church one Sunday as a kid, I remember hearing some adults complain that all the church ever talked about was money. This older gentleman said, “What do they need all this money for anyway?” For some reason, his gripes have stuck with me. What does the church need our money for anyway?
Obviously, churches have expenses. They have to pay salaries, there’s building upkeep, they have a utility bill, etc. Churches may run educational programs that cost money. It seems only fair that the people who attend help cover those expenses. People pay the piano teacher for their child’s piano lessons, so shouldn’t they also pay the church if they send their kids to Sunday school? Should we offer compensation to the church for the services they provide for us?
Well, yes. In Luke 10:7, Jesus was giving out instructions to his followers who were going out to accept hospitality from the people they were serving. He said, “Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages.” In Old Testament law, the Levites were to receive a portion or a tithe from the people as compensation for their service in the tabernacle. People who support the spiritual needs of the people should have their physical needs met by the people they serve whenever possible.
God has commanded that we give to support those who share His Word with us. But consider this, your attitude in giving reflects the values of your heart. Do you value earthly things or spiritual things? If the answer is earthly things, you’ll probably be stingy with the church and give out of compulsion like that grumpy man I mentioned earlier. You won't want the church to take your money. But if you value spiritual things, you will view it as a blessing and a privilege to share the blessings that God has given you with those who have blessed you with biblical instruction. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’”
Friends, Jesus said your treasure is where your heart is (Matthew 6:21). How you spend your money reflects your heart. Do you value spiritual instruction enough to support the Bible instructors around you with the gifts God has given you?
Father, You are my treasure. I know that everything I have is from You. Help me be a cheerful giver to those who are serving and teaching me. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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