October 17 – 1 Corinthians 9:1-14
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1 Corinthians 9:1-14
Paul’s Rights as an Apostle
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord? 2 Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
3 This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me. 4 Don’t we have the right to food and drink? 5 Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas? 6 Or is it only I and Barnabas who lack the right to not work for a living?
7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk? 8 Do I say this merely on human authority? Doesn’t the Law say the same thing? 9 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? 10 Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. 11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? 12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more?
But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? 14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.
Our Mission for Christ | Rebecca Hoyt
1 Corinthians 9:3
My Bible notes Paul uses this controversy to answer questions about Christian liberty. He affirms his right to receive payment for his work in the ministry but explains that he personally limited his compensation when it could be a stumbling block to others and keep them from coming into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Paul feels he needs to defend how people who work in ministry get paid. This makes me think how hard it is for missionaries who rely on donations from other people to live. God uses us all in different ways. I think He calls some to go out in the missions field, but He also calls some to volunteer at church or reach others at work or at home.
Father, thank You for all the people who go out and live for You, who choose to make it their jobs to bring others to You. Thank You that we can all do this, paid or unpaid, choose to do what we can to bring others to You.
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