1 Corinthians 9:11-16 (11) – We have sown spiritual seed among you. Is it too much if we reap material benefits from you? (GNT)

I was in the toilet during the Sunday service when I began to hear sobs. I followed the sound, and guess whom I met? Daniella, my pastor’s 6-year-old daughter, crying while Cherish, 9 years was comforting her. I investigated what was wrong and discovered that they were hungry. Daniella said, ‘When I grow up, I will never marry a pastor — My Daddy is a pastor, and we are always starving, but my friend’s father is not a pastor, and they never go hungry. Even Mummy is hungry; we didn’t eat yesterday.’

How do I explain to these girls that being a pastor is a noble work and that their hunger was not their father’s fault but our fault as members because we were not following God’s order? At the same time, Apostle Paul’s word in our Bible reading hit my heart like an arrow because a lot of us eat delicacies and forget the Levites who were interceding for us. We forget men who have sleepless nights digging the Scriptures for secrets to move us forward. Meanwhile, I saw the array of executive cars owned by members, which was a big contrast to the pastor’s rickety vehicle.

Beloved, it’s high time we took the material needs of people who are blessing us spiritually seriously. Would it be wrong to place your pastor on a salary or support in paying his children’s school fees? Anyone who blesses or ministers to you; make it a duty to encourage them materially. Decorate a minister today and see how God will honour your ways. Remember! A soldier doesn’t have to do a side job to survive because the Army supplies his needs and family. Let’s provide for our spiritual soldiers!


Hymn: Showers of Blessing – Daniel W. Whittle (1883)

1. Father, make me a blessing in Your Kingdom service.


1. Any arrow shot at my relatives and me, be ejected!

2. Father, by Your mighty power, cause me to rise again from every pit of (mention)

3. Lord, please deliver me, my family and the Church from destiny-destroying experience.


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