Ministering For Money?June 12, 2009
1 Timothy 6:5 speaks of certain men who thought that godliness was “a means to financial gain.” I’ve just penned the following lines for my preaching on it this Sunday:
The problem was these men were “in it for the money.” See, while its true that those who serve well in Christian ministry are worthy of the honour of financial remuneration (1 Tim 5: 17), the remuneration itself should not be the motive for ministry.
God help the pastor who accepts or rejects speaking invitations -nevermind the call to a church - on the crass, blunt basis of monetary considerations!
In his own inimitable way, Charles Spurgeon reflects upon this in his book Lectures to my Students:
“How strange it would be to hear a man say, ‘I am a servant of the Most High God, and I will go wherever I can get the most salary. I am called to labour for the glory of Jesus only, and I will go nowhere unless the church is of the most respectable standing. For me to live is Christ, but I cannot do it under £500 per annum.”