You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Yeshua Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
- Acts 20: 34-35Paul was the best example of a human pastor.
Although he had the right to receive food and shelter provided by the church(es) he served over, he refused this right.
He instead continued working his vocation of tent making.
He was accessible to all people, taking a lower position rather than being exalted outwardly by his spiritually high position.
Sadly, many popular men and women preachers receive fortunes peddling the Word of God.
Their brand and their many products are centered around their words.
They perceive spiritual blessings in the form of material gain, yet the opposite is true.
Wealth or being rich isn't the issue.
The heart issue.
Godliness, which God gifts to His children, is marketed and sold, conflating invisible with visible.
Are they oblivious of this shame?
Men interpret the term 'prosperity' to focus on financial gain, despite the outpouring of wealth from the love, grace, peace and wisdom God has bestowed upon His children.
His children are rich with time, patience and a giving heart.
They can spend time with those in need, befriending those needing a listening ear; who can experience someone who isn't too busy with life to be their friend.
The early church provided for the basic needs of its servants; room, food, clothing... what is called subsistence.
Why do so many preachers, priests and the like live such lives of splendor, trying to reflect a world which puts value in the material and not the value within?