07.20.08 Work Principles from the Life of Paul2
♥If God has called you to be there, don’t doubt it! God
you there. Don’t doubt God’s choice.♥Sometimes you feel unqualified for the job. Don’t fear men. Fear God. Obey!
(vv. 4-12a) Right to compensation /(vv. 12b-18) Waiving of the apostolic rights for a reason
Paul writes about every worker’s right to be compensated (i.e. soldier, farmer and of course, workers of God).
In v.6, Paul shows that he works for a living, aside from being a preacher of the Word.
He gets his funding from his own job as a tentmaker.
Acts 18 – Paul in Corinth, working as a tentmaker during the weekdays, along with Aquilla andPriscilla; on Sabbath days, he goes to the temple to
reason with and persuade Jews and Greeks.
After this, Paul explains his refusal to take patronage.
v.16 – Paul is compelled to preach the gospel.
He cannot not preach the Word.
v.17 – Paul preached voluntarily because he wants to. If he got paid to do it, then he is just doing his job.
He refused to take patronage because he did not want to be subject to anyone but Christ.♥
WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?♥
Nowadays, it’s often about “what’s in it for me?” not “what can I do for you?”◘ Illustration #1:In Sunday School, we give out assignments to the children to take home. And to motivate them, we giveincentives to those who did their assignments and brought them back the ff. week for reporting.One kid asked me: “Teacher, if I submit my assignment next week even if it’s already late, will I still get a prize?”I told her no. Then she made a pouty face. So I told her, “Isn’t making Jesus happy with your good deeds(the assignment was about accomplishing a list of good deeds the whole week) more rewarding than a material prize?◘ Illustration #2:
“Kung sino ang makwenta ang siyang unang masisisante.”
If you do things all for the sake of getting more money,
then you’re a prime candidate for firing duringPersonnel Evaluation.
◘ POINT #2: You must always think in eternal aspects.
♥Paul thought in eternal aspects.♥He willingly did the work God called him to do without asking to be repaid because he knew thesignificance (more souls for the kingdom) of what he’s sowing here on earth.♥If we think only in earthly aspects, everything we’re work for is meaningless. But if we think in eternalaspects, everything we do will have a reason (all for the glory of God).Thinking in practical aspects is not wrong.Yes, you need to earn money so you can function here on earth.Thinking in eternal aspects doesn’t mean letting yourself get abused.It’s all about the attitude.Ask for wisdom.
(vv. 19-22) Paul’s work principles.
v. 22b “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.