According to Ed Lapiz, to be prosperous aside from giving back to God in the form of tithes and offerings, we should give to God’s workers.
Chapter title: Give to God’s workers
- God’s workers are those who serve in the church for evangelism and edification. They serve in the church at a degree that affects their personal vocation, career or job opportunities. They are full time workers of the Lord.
- 1 Corinthians 9:1
- 1 Corinthians 9:12
- Privileges of God’s workers: food and drink, support for travel and other expenses, financial support for basic needs, double honor (honorarium)
- 1 Corinthians 9:4
- 1 Corinthians 9:5
- 1 Timothy 5:17
- Double honor means that they should get double of what the same professionals get at their own level.
- Reasons why God’s workers have privileges: 1 Corinthians 9:17, 1 Corinthians 9:13, 1 Corinthians 9:11, 1 Corinthians 9:8-10
- Prosperity in giving
- Philippians 4:19
- If people would know the gravity of saving a person’s soul from eternal fire, then people won’t be stingy in helping God’s workers.
Striking verse for me:
1 Corinthians 9:9
For it is written in the law of Moses, you shall not muzzle the mouth of the ox that tread out the corn. Does God take care for oxen?
So the ox is analogize to God’s workers. When an ox works, it can’t help but eat sometimes what is on his way. And it is a wicked act to prevent the ox from eating from the fruit of his labor.
Wrong mindsets the author pointed out:
- Christian workers not only tire themselves in ministries but their work should have evident result or fruit. Many people mistake activity for achievement.
- Many people support actors by watching their films. Many people support singers by going to concerts or buying their merchandise. But how many people support full time Christian workers more than just saying ‘thank you’.
- We have a lot of misconceptions about Christian workers.
- Reasons why people from the congregation don’t help God’s workers: ignorance of God’s Word (Hosea 4:6), misguided interpretation or application of ‘living by faith’ (James 2:26), unbiblical attitude toward Christian service, stinginess
- Reasons why God’s workers don’t help themselves: misguided interpretation of ‘living by faith’, exaggerated and oppressive sense of sacrifice, selective teaching of God’s principles, poverty mentality, substandard quality of service
- We need to give adequate, reasonable, comprehensive and abundant material support for our workers.
“Giving is a godly way to prosperity of God’s work, of the worker, and of the giver. Nobody loses; everybody wins.”-Ed Lapiz