In previous chapters, Paul taught about rights like marriage and the right to eat meat that had been sacrificed to idols. In 1 Corinthians 9:1-18, he teaches about those who preach the gospel having the right to earn their living from the church.
Paul claims that those who preach the gospel should be able to receive their living from the gospel. He makes the comparison of a farmer who makes his living from what he produces on the farm.
Even though Paul was not one of the original twelve apostles who were with Jesus during His earthly ministry, he considered himself an apostle. Reading in Acts 9, Paul saw and talked with the resurrected Christ who called him an apostle.
We find out from reading this passage that Paul foregoes his right to make his living by preaching the gospel. Instead, he had the best motive for serving which was out of love for the Lord. The irony is that while Paul was not compensated for his ministry, the ultimate reward for sharing the gospel was worth much more in the long term than any short term gain here on earth.
Just as with Paul, sharing the gospel message rewards far beyond being compensated by our work here on earth. It goes beyond just being obedient to God’s commission or fulfilling our duty. The most rewarding part is that it satisfies our soul.
We then serve the Lord out of love and our growing faith is never depleted because each time we share the gospel message, the light of Christ shines brighter. There is greater freedom to share and we find out that it is in giving that we receive our greatest reward.
This day with You Lord we have opportunities to share our story and it will be fulfilling because in sharing with others about Your love, we receive treasures that are collected for eternity. One story at a time, we will make an impact by passing along the light of Christ into the hearts of many. The adventure ahead will make a difference in our own life as we share the gospel message, it will demonstrate our love for You, and also change the world for the better. Amen.