The Prophet's Offering (Part 1)
TEXT: Deut 18:1-8, Ezk 44:30-31,1 Cor 9:7-14, 1 Thess 5:12-13
Memory Verse: 1 Tim 5:18 "For the scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that treads out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward."
I saw an article one day with this title "When the pastor cries, who cares? When the pastor HURTS, no one notices; when the pastor CRIES, no one observes, when the pastor MOURNS no one shows care, when the pastor is SLEEPLESS and works HARD no one is in sight, when the family of the pastor is ATTACKED, who hastens to RESCUE, BUT when the pastor PROSPERS, there is WAR. To those who WAR against the pastor, why not leave your work or business and be a pastor for ONE DAY. 1 Cor 9:11-14
MAKING GOD'S SERVANT TO SMILE
When I read this article, I quickly discovered there are some demons that are released from the pit of hell to fight against pastors, yet we don't see the demons except the church members who work with those demons. Neh 13:10-14, 2 kings 4:1-3.Nevertheless, God has made provisions on how the pastor will live all the way from the old testament to the new testament. Deut 26:1-4
- Remember this statement in Matt 10:40-42, "He that gives a CUP of cold water to a prophet shall receive a prophets reward". The servant of God need his personal properties for his life, family and future. Whatever is good for church members are also good for the pastor.
- When the pastor is neglected you are simply telling him to look for a work outside the church and do. 1 Thess 5:12-13, Neh. 13:10
- You can see the children of the pastor in the bible were to be imprisoned because their father, a prophet was owing. This is also how some pastors children are removed from school because of fees and other needs. 2 kgs 4:1-4.
- Many people will say, the bible says, Freely you receive, freely you give, but they forget "the workman is worthy of his pay. Who pays the workman, the pastor, it is you. Read Matt.10:8-14 and 1 Cor 9:7-14. Many members oppress their pastor and turn them to beggars. Deut 24:14-15, Deut 25:4, Lk 10:7, 1 Tim 5:18
- I recently went to the house of a pastor and the fews chairs in his house were so useless that you will be afraid to sit on it because it may tear your skirt or trousers, I asked myself a question does it mean that the members are blind when they come to the pastor's house. I quickly understood that many members are idle worshippers, as they worship material things of this world. 1 Tim 5:18, Col. 3:5-6
WHY MUST THE PROPHET DIE POOR?
Many people think when the pastor is comfortable that he is no more serving God. They do everything to dishonour God's servant, but God said the pastor's work is a honourable work. Heb 5:4-5.
- If Christ who was sent by God to this world, though he was not married needed human sponsors to achieve his goal and ministry on earth, then every pastor and their family need helpers and sponsors. Gal 6:6-10.
- When you forget your responsibility towards the pastor, you are helping the devil to fight against him and the church. Lk 8:1-3.
- Some members take time out to discuss with the pastor about his life, family and future, because they know the pastor has the same need like them. He needs school fees for children, their cloths, shoes, personal house, car and maintenance, clothes, shoes and other necessary things for himself and the wife. Acts 16:14-15
- When the pastor never have a house of his own and dies, and some members quickly build a house for him before his burial to avoid shame, the shame is already there while he lives, there is no more shame to cover. And there is no reward for such things because it would have been done while he lives to enjoy it. 2 kgs 4:1-7.
- Remember this, "Give Me, my FLOWER WHILE I LIVE, TO ENJOY IT BEFORE I DIE" says Archbishop Awesun a Cameroonian pastor in New York, USA. 2 kgs 4:8-17.
Good members or real sons and dauhters of the pastor are those who are close to him for encouragement or who call the pastor always to know his welfare and how he and his family lives.