NOT ‘YOURS’ BUT YOU

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2Co 12:14  says: “Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. “

 

One salient instruction for would-be church leaders is that they be not found to be guilty of loving money (1 Tim 3:3). Peter the Apostle warns of false teachers seeking to make a merchandize of the Lord’s flock (2 Peter 2:3). Ministry must never be seen as an avenue for profit. That is, profit must never be the motivation for engaging in ministerial activities.

Paul’s remark in today’s text is resounding: “I seek you, not yours!” He was saying: “I’m not after your money.” He could say it because the people knew it to be true about him. Elsewhere he said: “I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel” (Acts 20:33). What a wonderful testimony!

Prayers are not for sale. Healings are not for sale. It’s not an exchange. The Lord said to His disciples: “Freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). Yes, it is the obligation of people to whom spiritual things have been ministered to, to respond with their natural gifts. Yet Paul says: “Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ” (1 Corinthians 9:11-12). Let followers cease to encourage ministers who are into the ‘sale’ of spiritual gifts. Whoever encourages them partakes of their evil deeds (2 John 1:10-11).

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