FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
1 Corinthians 9:7-12
“The labourer is worthy
of his hire.”
THE RIGHT TO REMUNERATION
In another series of rhetorical questions (1 Cor 9:7), Paul demonstrated that the principle of remuneration is found in daily life:
1. In Roman times, no soldier would fight a war if he was not paid a basic wage.
2. A farmer who plants a vineyard would expect his efforts to be rewarded with a harvest.
3. The shepherd would also expect to be rewarded with milk from his flock.
Paul then proceeded to show from Deuteronomy 25:4 that remuneration is a divine principle: “Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.” This law instructs the children of Israel to ensure proper care for their beasts of burden. The argument here is thus from the lesser to the greater – if our beast of burden is deserving of its food after a day of labour treading the corn, surely it is demanded that we must take greater care of our fellow men!
Moreover, as an Apostle of Christ, Paul had ministered unto the Corinthian church the spiritual things of God’s Word, which are far more precious than the carnal things of the world. Was it not therefore reasonable for the Apostle to expect physical returns for his spiritual labour among them?
Paul was of course not teaching that ministers of the Word should demand more pay from the congregation. Rather, all believers should follow the example of Paul who was willing to forgo his right to remuneration so that the work of the gospel may be advanced. Are you willing to forgo your rights for the extension of Christ’s kingdom?
THOUGHT: “… the labourer is worthy of his hire ...” (Luke 10:7)
PRAYER: “Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord, to Thee!”