Two Masters

“I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. “You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. Acts 20:33-34

Paul was giving his farewell sermon to the Ephesians, he was headed to Jerusalem for the Day of Pentecost, and presumed he would probably be put to death because of his bold ministry. However before he left he gave a bold message to the Church, one of the topics was money

Today we live in an age where “Prosperity Gospel” has taken over Christianity. Mega church pastors making millions of dollars living in mansions and flying in private jets. Pauls message to The Church was exactly the opposite of what we are seeing today in Christianity.

Paul stated he never coveted anyone’s money or possessions, meaning he didn’t preach to make a living. He goes on to say that he actually supported himself by his own hands, meaning he worked besides ministry, to support himself. And while its always important for The Church to support the needs or their pastors, its also important the pastor doesn’t burden The Church with finances

 

“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35

Paul goes on to quote Jesus Christ in saying “Its better to give than to receive” Wouldn’t it be nice if modern day “pastors” followed this? In an age where greed and narcissism has invaded the Church, its time for true Christians to get back to their true purpose, spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.  Matthew 6:24

Jesus addressed this topic very early, you cant serve God and Money! When Money becomes your God or idol, you lost true Christianity. We need Christian pastors and leaders today to follow the example of Christ and Paul, and not the example of the modern day Church

Heavenly Father, help us to deny ourselves and serve only you, provide all our needs so just like the sparrows we don’t have to worry about our needs in Jesus Name Amen

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