1 Corinthians 9:11-14
1Co 9:11 If we have planted spiritual gifts among you, would it not be great if we will reap material benefits from you?
1Co 9:12 If others have the right to share in the product from you, don’t we even more? But we have not made use of this right. Instead we put up with all these inconveniences so that we may not prevent the gospel of Christ from taking root.
1Co 9:13 Don’t you know that the holy workers eat what is prepared for the temple, and those who serve at the altar have their share in the offerings of the altar?
1Co 9:14 The Lord instructed the same thing — that those who are announcing the gospel should live from the gospel.
a gospel first decision
When Jesus sent out workers to announce the gospel, he told them “Do not purchase gold or silver or copper for your belts, nor a bag for your journey, nor two tunics nor sandals nor a staff, because the worker deserves his food” (Matthew 10:9-10). He expected his envoys to be blessed by those they bless. That – Paul argues – is the way it is supposed to work. But he discovered that when he preached the gospel among the Gentiles for the first time, he could not expect the blessing of his needs being supplied. So, in order for the gospel to take root in that foreign soil, he decided not to depend on contributions for his livelihood. It was a gospel first decision.
LORD, may we put the gospel first when making life decisions.