Serving Those Who Serve

March 25, 2013

Serving Those Who Serve

“Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things”       (Galatians 6:6).

This verse tells us that we have an obligation to help with the material needs of those who are occupied in the Lord’s service.  The word “communicate” means to share.  God has a plan for carrying out his work by means of his servants.  Some have a spiritual ministry.  Others work to supply the needs of those who are involved in a spiritual ministry.

God’s plan for serving is also found in other places in the Bible.  In the Old Testament God made plans for the priests and Levites.  Numbers 18:8-10 tells us how God provided for the priests by means of the temple offerings.  In the same chapter, in verse 24, he made provision for the Levites.  In our day we don’t have priests and Levites, but God still has his servants and they have material needs.  In I Timothy 5:17-18 we read “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.    For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.”  At times a pastor’s work demands much of him.  He is certainly deserving of his salary.  The Bible says “The laborer is worthy of his reward.”

Being a good servant of the Lord demands that one set aside time to study and prepare.  That often takes four or more years.  We don’t want to place a pastor in the category of a professional, but adequate preparation for the ministry requires that he have just as much educational preparation as many professionals have.  Sometimes a pastor’s family, friends, and his church help him with the expense of his education.  Most often he pays for much of it himself.  To be sure, it’s up to him to put forth the effort to study.

Sometimes pastors serve in churches that aren’t large enough to give him a full salary.  In that case he has to take a part time or full time job.  That greatly hinders him in his ministry.  He doesn’t have sufficient time to dedicate to his church.

Churches can’t function without much volunteer help.  Members voluntarily donate their time to help with things that need to be done in and around the church.  Some teach Sunday school classes.  Others help with the music.  They don’t complain if they don’t get paid for it.  It is their ministry, or what they do to serve the Lord.  All those who are saved are given gifts, or talents by which they can serve the Lord.  Romans 12:6-8 says, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;    Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;    Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.” Some large churches find it necessary to pay others for work that needs to be done.  Some have assistant pastors.  Others have a full time maintenance man.

Many churches are started by missionary pastors.  They are men who are supported by other churches and individuals.  Their goal is to bring the church to the point where it is big enough to be able to support a full time pastor.  Since missionary pastors are supported by other churches, they don’t need to receive a salary from the church where they are serving.  For that reason, there is often an awkward transition for the church when it’s time for the church to start supporting their own pastor.  The problem is solved in a number of ways.

All of us should appreciate our pastor and look for ways to show our appreciation.  We should give generously to the church so that his salary can be paid.  If he doesn’t receive a full time salary maybe God would have you help him out monetarily at times.  Sometimes help can be given in commodities like groceries or a new tire for his car.

We can also serve God’s servants by giving to missionaries.  Many of them are serving without having all the support they need.  God always rewards a cheerful giver.  “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).  “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom, for with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38). Don’t deprive yourself of the joy of giving when you have an opportunity to help one of Gods servants.


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