1 Corinthians 9:15-17
1Co 9:15 But I have not made use of these rights. And I have not written these things for it to become so for me, because it would be better to die than for someone to take away my bragging right.
1Co 9:16 Because if I am merely announcing the gospel, I have no ground for bragging about that, since I am obligated to do that, because tragedy will come to me if I do not announce the gospel.
1Co 9:17 Because if I were doing this on my own, I would deserve wages. But this is not my doing. I am entrusted with a stewardship.
entrusted with a stewardship
Paul thought of himself and his ministry slightly differently than he thought of the others who were announcing the gospel of Christ’s coming kingdom. They had chosen to preach Christ of their own free will – but not him. He was a bondservant of God, entrusted with the responsibility to manage the affairs of his master. That is why Paul was reluctant to take wages from another source. So much of what Paul did was directly a result of what took place on the Damascus road. From that time on, all of his resources – including his trade as a tent maker – were committed to fulfilling the responsibility he was given directly by his master.
LORD, may we know the joy of serving you as your bondservants, investing all we have in your work.