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SUPPORT THE SERVANTS OF GOD

Date: January 20

Category: Prosperity

Isaiah 23:17-18
"And after the end of seventy years the Lord will remember Tyre; and she will return to her hire and will play the harlot [resume her commerce] with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. But her gain and her hire [the profits of Tyre's new prosperity] will be dedicated to the Lord [eventually]; it will not be treasured or stored up, for her gain will be used for those who dwell in the presence of the Lord [the ministers], that they may eat sufficiently and have durable and stately clothing [suitable for those who minister at God's altar]."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThis chapter is about the city of Tyre. There was a time when God punished the people within the city because of their wrongdoings. But it's interesting to notice what it says in verse 17, "She will return to her hire and will play the harlot [resume her commerce]…" This city was doing quite well economically. As a result, people were buying and selling; people were trading. People were prospering everywhere.

There is nothing wrong with making good money through those things. But once profit is made, that gain should be used for the Lord. According to this verse, how can that gain be used for God? Well it says in verse 18b, "…her gain will be used for those who dwell in the presence of the Lord [the ministers], that they may eat sufficiently and have durable and stately clothing [suitable for those who minister at God's altar]." So the primary purpose of that profit is to provide for the Lord's servants – to sufficiently provide them with food, clothing, and whatever else they may need. In fact, verse 18a says that even an ungodly city like Tyre will eventually give and dedicate their money to the Lord. So there will come a time when non-Christians will start giving toward the work of God. God always finds a way to make sure His people are provided for.

Of course there are other elements of ministry that need provision besides God's servant. For example, a church has to pay to maintain their building. They have to pay for mission's work to be done, for guest speakers to come, and things like that. But the way the work of God is supported is through our tithes and offerings. It's completely legitimate for those who minister the Gospel to be paid for what they do. If you are working in ministry but are not getting paid, then it means you cannot provide for your family. If you're not able to provide for your family, then it means you are not where God wants you to be. God always leads you where you will be provided for.

Sometimes there are exceptions that for a short time you don't get paid for your ministry work, and that's fine. We all volunteer. But if you are in full-time ministry and that is your means of living, then you should be paid. You need to get paid in order to provide for yourself and your family. That's one of the purposes for the money that is given to the Lord's work – to pay the workers. In a sense, the money is also used to support the worker so he can actually DO the work of God. For example, if money wasn't given towards Shining Light Ministries, then I wouldn't be able to go overseas and distribute humanitarian aid. I wouldn't be able to go overseas and preach the Gospel. So, not only is that profit used to pay the worker of God, but it is also used to help the worker actually DO the work that God has called him to do. That's why it is so important to support God's servants.

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