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1 Corinthians 9:14-15 (RSV)
In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.
But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing this to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have any one deprive me of my ground for boasting.

When a Child is born into a royal family, even though by heritage, he is a prince and will inherit great wealth, no one will entrust the great wealth into his hands while he is still a child.

We saw previously how that Paul refused to collect offerings from the Corinthians but would rather work with his hands while doing ministry among them. He did this because of the peculiarity of the Corinthians, and he didn’t want anything to be a hindrance to the furtherance of the gospel.

We also saw that in his letter, Paul now taught them that it is a principle of God’s kingdom for the people to minister their material things to those who minister spiritual things to them. The fact that the Corinthians didn’t understand this was another proof that they were still spiritual babes (see 1 Cor 3:1-3).

Apostle Paul wasn’t telling them this because he was trying to raise an offering from them, but because he wanted them to be built up into maturity and walk in the attendant glory. Any believer who has not conquered this mater of giving is still dominated by the flesh. The truth is that those whose hands are closed (with regard to giving) are still spiritual babes, regardless of the gifts in their lives. One sign of spiritual maturity is the ability to give sacrificially.

Go into today remembering that spiritual maturity covers all aspects of your life, especially the way you spend your money.
Luke 16:11 (NET):
If then you haven’t been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches?

Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you to be faithful to Him in the way you spend your money.
—SD Abraham

Yearly Bible: Psalms 117-118

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