Terry Baxter Devotional

The Noose of Greed: 1 Timothy 6:9-10

The Noose of Greed: 1 Timothy 6:9-10
“9) But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10) For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭6:9-10‬ ‭
Paul now warns Timothy of one of the greatest dangers of the human soul. He exposes the love of money and the pursuit of wealth. In verse nine he uses three word pictures to describe the lure of the desire to get rich. Let’s look at them.
First, Paul warned Timothy that the seed of greed would cause him to fall endlessly into temptation. Jesus was tempted for forty days and nights, then it came to an end. But Paul warned that the desire to get rich is an unending fall into temptation. The lust for money is never satisfied. It becomes a god that can never be appeased.
This pit is lined with every form of sin. The companions of greed are pride, fleshly passions, sensual lusts, every form of addiction, human exploitation and many evil vices.
Jesus taught His disciples to pray to the Father and ask that He “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:13) This prayer includes begging the Father to pluck the seed of greed out of our soul. Few things lead faster into temptation than the desire to get rich.
Second, Paul warned Timothy that the seed of greed would automatically place snares and traps in his life. Snares by design are hidden and they are deadly. The purpose of a snare is to choke the life out of its unsuspecting victim. When you make becoming rich your life goal, you automatically put a noose around your own neck.
Ironically, that’s exactly how Judas died. His desire to get rich turned him into a traitor and choked the life out of him. He abandoned Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. His love of money put a noose around his neck and he went out and hanged himself. His fate was not coincidental! It illustrates this point.
Finally, Paul warned Timothy that the seed of greed would fill his life with “many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.” These foolish and harmful desires become compulsions that drive people to the point of having no wisdom, common sense or self restraint. They thoughtlessly sacrifice marriage, family, friends, reputation, good stewardship and their spiritual life on the altar dedicated to the god of greed and money.
Note the word “plunge” in verse nine. It is the idea of standing on a cliff and taking a dive into certain ruin and destruction. Why? Because the greedy are blinded. They fail to look before they leap. There is no promise of a net to catch them or water to stop their fall. At the bottom is concrete painted blue. It is a plunge into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone. The splash at the bottom punctuates the fate of eternal destruction. They are infatuated with the love of money to the point of loosing their own soul.
Fellow Christian, let me warn you: “The love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang.” (1 Timothy 6:10) The picture is that they have taken the knife of greed and pierced their own heart. It is a self inflicted wound.
Stop minimizing this sober warning! No longer make excuses for your greed. Be honest with yourself if your love for money is choking your love for Jesus. If you are struggling in your spiritual life it may be that you are serving the god of money. Your soul is double minded and tormented.
I fully concur that it is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it. When you seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, He promises to become your Faithful Provider. But… you cannot love God and money at the same time. The love of money will blur your vision, harden your heart, dampen your fire and interrupt your fellowship with God. I beg you to put Jesus first. Seek Him above all else. Unleash the Kingdom resources God has entrusted to you.
Which of the seven churches in Revelation are you attending? My desire is to flee from Laodicia and abide in Philadelphia! I want to bask in the love of Jesus and run through open doors for His gory. I want to burn hot for Him and not have my fire extinguished by my own greed. Like many, I have had that noose around my neck. I have spent time gasping for spiritual life because of my own pitiful greed.
Let me be candid, today’s Western Church needs to repent from the love of money. Revival will forever tarry when the true god we worship are the dollar bills we are holding in our hands or hoarding in our bank accounts. It’s time to lay up treasures in heaven and invest in eternity. It’s time to repent from greed and return to God with all of our heart, all of our soul and all of our mind.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Gain of Godliness! 1 Timothy 6:6-8

The Gain of Godliness! 1 Timothy 6:6-8
“6) But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. 7) For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it, either. 8) And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭6:6-8‬ ‭
I believe in the “Gain of Godliness!” I believe there is no greater edge in life than having God in your corner and the Captain of your team.
I also believe according to Psalm 4:3 that “the Lord has set aside the godly man for Himself, the Lord hears when I call to Him.” Surprise: The Lord does favor the godly man or woman and desires to shower blessings upon them.
So, does God really work in extraordinary ways for those who order their ways according to His Word? “Absolutely yes!”
Hebrews 11:6 is a corner stone in my view of reality and personal world view. It says; “6) And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarded of those who seek Him.” This verse followed up immediately with “The Hall of Fame” of ordinary men and women who’s names are etched in the chapters of human history. What set them apart? They were on Gods team! He worked in mighty ways in and through them. They experienced the “Gain of Godliness!”
But, there is a catch, they lived with a totally different value system from their worldly counterparts. They enjoyed life on a different level. They had inner treasures and overflowing wealth and joy that the world cannot imagine.
Paul talked about the surpassing value he found in his personal relationship with Jesus Christ in Philippians 3:7-11. By contrast, worldly pursuits were like sewage to him. They meant nothing to him. He counted them as a loss or worse, they were a liability in his new value system.
In the process of gaining Christ, Paul was content with very little worldly equity. The treasure he found in the Spirit far surpassed the worldly values he gave up in his pursuit of knowing Jesus Christ. He focused on the “Gain of Godliness.”
In 1 Timothy 6:6-8, Paul was introducing Timothy to his Surpassing Value System. He was watering the seeds of the “Gain of Godliness.” He was inviting Timothy into a deeper walk with God.
We brought nothing of worldly equity into this world, and when we die we will leave all the material stuff behind. In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus talked about treasure we can store up in heaven. We can invest in eternity. So let me bend your thinking.
There are gains and losses in life. But a worldly ledger is the polar opposite of a heavenly ledger. What the world considers a gain, God considers a loss. What God calls a gain, the world mocks as a loss. This tension and battle rages in all of us.
So which accounting system are you going to embrace? Are you going to chase after money and earthly treasure or are you going build your walk with God and store up heavenly treasure? This was Pauls proposition to Timothy in this text. No man or woman can serve two masters. You cannot serve both God and money.
But wait, there is more to consider. You need to weigh the temporal against the eternal. Which value system has the best yield over the longest period of time? Are the fleeting pleasures of this life worth more than eternity?
Paul concludes in this text to Timothy that the “Gain of Godliness” far out performs the pleasures of the world. Godliness not only gives you an edge in this life because God rewards those who seek Him, but the treasures multiply many times over throughout eternity.
This proposition from Paul to Timothy has greatly impacted my life. I have not only placed faith in Jesus Christ as my Saviour, but like Paul, I have pulled all stops to embrace the surpassing value of daily building a deeper walk with Jesus Christ. I have experienced the unspeakable “Gain of Godliness” many times over in my walk with God, but I am not content. I desire to “press on” deeper and deeper in my walk with Jesus Christ and soar higher and higher on the wings of faith. I believe there is no limit to the “Gain of Godliness.”
Jesus Christ invites you into this same value system. He longs for you to embrace the “Gain of Godliness.” He wants you to move beyond salvation and infancy to build a deep and sincere walk with God. He wants you to go deep in your relationship with Him. He invites you to pull all stops in your relationship with Him and store up exceeding abundant treasures in heaven.
Now for the disclaimer: “This is an equal opportunity investment. The only limitation is you!”
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Becoming a Discerning People Sorter: 1 Timothy 6:3-5

Becoming a Discerning People Sorter: 1 Timothy 6:3-5
“3) If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 4) he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a sick craving for controversial questions and disputes about words, from which come envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 5) and constant friction between people of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭6:3-5‬
It is sad to say, but some people are stuck in life and have no desire to grow or change. Others want to do nothing but argue, debate, cause friction and waste time. Some hang around Christian circles as a place to prospect for business deals.
Paul was warning Timothy not to waste his time, energy or resources on the wrong people. This may sound strange, but in these verses, Paul was instructing Timothy to be a “People Sorter.”
When it comes to evangelism and the Great Commission, we need to have our eyes open for Divine appointments. It is important to trust the Holy Spirit to send sincere and seeking people across your path. We are to share the gospel abundantly with all people, but invest our time and resources in those who show signs of sincere growth. In this respect, you need to become a discerning “People Sorter.”
Again in 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul instructed Timothy to pour himself into building faithful men who would be able to teach and mentor others. He didn’t want him to spin wheels with those who were resisting the work of the Holy Spirit in their life. He wanted him to be intensional about pouring himself into fruitful and productive relationships. Again, he was teaching Timothy to be a “People Sorter.”
Be alert to distractions Satan sends into your life. They come in many forms including people with wrong motives or anti gospel intentions. In this text, Paul was warning Timothy to avoid these people. Becoming a wise and discerning “People Sorter” is a hard lesson to learn, but without some understanding of this concept you will waste untold time, energy, emotions and resources on the wrong people.
Here are some practical points on how to maximize your encounters with people. Ironically, this means you will have to minimize your time with the wrong people.
First, identify the time and energy drainers in your life. Avoid people who do nothing but spread negative attitudes, argue or cause friction. Be alert to people Satan wants to plant in your life to drain your emotions, time, energy and resources. He sends people with the intension of dragging you down and wasting your life. Knowing how to avoid the wrong people is the primary focus of 1 Timothy 6:3-5.
Second, look for people who naturally encourage, motivate and challenge you in your walk with Jesus Christ. These are most likely the iron sharpening friendships God wants to send for your growth and progress. These are premium relationships.
Third, look for those who are following in your wake and responding to your ministry and influence. These might be people God wants you to mentor and disciple. Be intensional about speaking into their life for the glory of God. This is where you may want to focus your intensional discipleship efforts.
Finally, do as Jesus did and have tighter and tighter circles of more productive relationships. He spent time with crowds, but poured Himself into the 120, the 70, the 12 and the 3. These were the leaders He groomed to take up the mantle in His absence. He was the Master Disciple Maker. Follow in His steps.
If you embrace these four points, they will help you focus your time and prioritize your relationships with people. Pray seriously about each category. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where He wants to place the various people in your life. Don’t be reckless with your relationships! Be discerning and intensional about influencing others for the glory of God.
When approached prayerfully, being a discerning “People Sorter” can have a profound impact on your life. It will undoubtedly realign many of your relationships and bring more focus into the way you spend your time, resources, talents and gifts for the glory of God.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Culture Changing Power of the Gospel: 1 Timothy 6:1-2

Culture Changing Power of the Gospel: 1 Timothy 6:1-2
“1) All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against. 2) Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are brothers or sisters, but must serve them all the more, because those who partake of the benefit are believers and beloved. Teach and preach these principles.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭6:1-2‬ ‭
As Christianity spread in the Roman Empire, it eventually brought an end to numerous practices, including slavery. The book of Philemon is an example of the culture changing power of the Gospel in process.
These verses to Timothy captures two scenarios in this process. First, there were slaves who became Christians and needed to conduct themselves with godly character. Some had nonChristian masters and others had masters that became Christians. The latter were instructed to not take advantage of this situation.
Keep in mind, many slaves were indentured servants. They were working off debt or completing the terms of an internship. Becoming a Christian does not invalidate civil obligations. Personal debt is a great example. But Jesus Christ does change our attitude and work ethic.
Second, as Christianity spread, some slave masters became Christian’s. This radically impacted the way they were to treat their slaves or servants. They had to treat them as brethren and show Christian virtue.
As mentioned earlier, Christianity eventually brought an end to the institution of slavery. The gospel should change human culture. It should also change the way Christian employers treat employees. The gospel should show up in every human relationship for the Christian. The gospel has the power to change human culture.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Great Equalizer: 1 Timothy 5:24-25

The Great Equalizer: 1 Timothy 5:24-25
“24) The sins of some people are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins follow after. 25) Likewise also, deeds that are good are quite evident, and those which are otherwise cannot be concealed.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭5:24-25‬
Paul made it clear in these two verses that the fruit of our actions will catch up with us. The sins of the wicked will catch up with them. So also, the good deeds of the righteous will not be hidden.
Jesus said every tree is known by its fruit. (Matthew 7:16-20) Bad trees produce bad fruit and good trees produce good fruit. Galatians 6:7-10 puts forth the law of the sower. You reap in life exactly what you sow.
The warning for the wicked is to turn from their sinful ways, while the righteous needs to be patient and consistent in doing good. The harvest will come.
I take great encouragement in these verses. They show that spiritual laws are as real as the laws of physics. Our actions will catch up with us. I have watched this work out over time in many peoples lives.
Many will try to beat the system in this life, but a judgement day is coming. All things will be revealed. The Judge will get it right! God is the great equalizer.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Value of Medical Missions 1 Timothy 5:23

The Value of Medical Missions 1 Timothy 5:23
“Do not go on drinking only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭5:23‬ ‭
This verse written to Timothy is significant for several reasons. First, it shows that Paul recognized the value of natural cures for some common heath issues. Timothy struggled with stomach problems. It was possible that Luke the beloved physician was with Paul at this time of this writing and recommended wine.
Pure water was a premium in those days. As Timothy traveled, he may have been exposed to new bacteria in the drinking water. The cure was to mix in a little wine or alcohol with the water. It is an effective treatment for numerous stomach ailments.
Second, note that the story of the Good Samaritan also recognized the value of wine as an antibacterial to treat wounds. (See Luke 10:34) He added wine and oil to the wounds and thus warded off infection.
Third, though Paul obviously believed in Divine healing, being a Christian did not exempt the early believers from every form of sickness or disease. Paul rejected a health, wealth and prosperity doctrine. Christian’s live in a fallen world that includes sickness, disease, accidents, war, violence, persecution and suffering.
Forth, Christianity has a rich history of taking care of the medical needs of people. When plagues would come upon cities or villages, often most of the healthy population would leave abandoning the sick and dying to fate. It was the Christians who would stay behind and minister to the sick. They did the same in war torn regions. Showing care and compassion for the sick, wounded and elderly became a effective means of spreading the gospel.
Fifth, caring for the sick and infirmed soon became as essential for the spread of the gospel as caring for widows and orphans. James 5:13-18 indicates that this was accompanied by an effective prayer ministry. Medical Missions has gone hand and hand with the spread of the gospel throughout church history.
Finally, this is a primary reason why GoServ Global believes in building Medical Centers in remote regions around the world. We are currently raising funds to finish a Medical Center in India. While churches, orphanages and Christian schools are being targeted for intense persecution, Christan Medical Centers currently have much freedom in India.
Call our office at 515-448-3131 if you want to help support this miracle. Medical Centers are an effective way to spread the gospel.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Mantle of Ordination: 1 Timothy 5:22

The Mantle of Ordination: 1 Timothy 5:22
“22) Do not lay hands upon anyone too quickly and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭5:22‬
Paul now advised Timothy to do diligence in checking out the character and background of prospective leaders before putting them in office. Churches have made tragic mistakes by appointing leaders to quickly. 1 Timothy 3:1-13 must be taken seriously.
Many insurance companies now require background checks for anyone working with minors. Sexual predators volunteer readily for nursery or children’s ministry positions. If problems develop, the church is responsible.
The same holds true for any leadership position. Beware of people with anger issues, greed, lusts and people who are power hungry. Do they have a history of interpersonal relationship problems? Do they work well with others? How do they respond to authority?
Be sure they have a solid testimony of salvation and display fruit of a changed life. Measure them by Acts 6:3. Make sure they are “men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom.”
Learn to ask direct questions. Ask about struggles with chemical dependency or pornography. Get character references and check them out. Humility and transparency are good qualities. Honesty is essential.
Look into their personal stewardship and make sure they are honoring God with their giving and current with all obligations. Unfortunately, pastors have a terrible rating in the financial world for debt and default on loans. If they aren’t faithful with their money, their word often cannot be trusted in other area’s either.
Also check out their business dealings and reputation with outsiders. Unfortunately, the spread of the gospel can be hindered by people in leadership who have poor reputations within the community.
This list is a culmination of many scriptures. Note, you need to do your research before putting them in office. If you find area’s of sin or compromise, take time for mentoring and discipleship before entrusting them with authority over the church. Jesus prayed all night before appointing the twelve Apostles, and one of them turned out to be a traitor.
Don’t lay hands on people too quickly. This may be a reference to ordination. Paul took time mentoring Timothy before laying hands on him. The mantle of ordination is difficult and messy to revoke. Removing someone from leadership often has negative fall out, but sometimes has to be done!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Restoring Pretenders to Fellowship with God: 1 Timothy 5:21

Restoring Pretenders to Fellowship with God: 1 Timothy 5:21
“21) I solemnly exhort you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭5:21‬
The witnesses Paul calls for this charge to Timothy is very similar to the one he gave him to preach the Word in 2 Timothy 4:1. He was addressing very serious matters. The way we preach and teach the Word of God will affect eternity for many people.
So also, the way we expose sinful living and deal with compromise among Gods people will affect the spiritual fire in fellow Christians and in the church. Notice in 1 Timothy 5:21 Paul was charging Timothy “in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ and of His chosen angels.” He was addressing something very serious.
Pretenders can fake it with people, but they cannot fake it with this group of witnesses. God does not ignore sin in the lives of His people no matter who the culprit may be. He did not ignore sin in the lives of Eli the Priest and his sons. He did not ignore the anger of Moses when he struck the rock. He did not let David get away with his sin with Bathsheba. John the Baptist did not ignore the immorality of King Herod who was married to his brothers wife. Being king did not exempt him from the righteousness of God. There is no partiality with God when it comes to sin and compromise.
According to 1 John 1:5-7; God is light! He is absolutely holy. Sin always interrupts fellowship with God. So also sincere and godly living enhances sweet fellowship with God.
Paul wanted Timothy to be unbiased in the way he exposed and renounced sinful living. Why? Because according to 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 sin is infectious. It spreads like leaven in a lump of dough. Sin is like an infectious disease. Sin is like deadly cancer cells in the human body. Sin is a killer.
When sin and compromise are ignored because of favor or status granted to some people in leadership, it will quickly infect others. But even worse, it’s will quench the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:29-30) God’s presence and blessing can be lost by a person, family, church and nation that defiantly embraces sin and compromise while holding a stiff arm toward God. No person, church, family or nation can thwart the justice of God.
Are you in sweet fellowship with Jesus Christ right now or are you in the shoes of a pretender? You may be a Christian, but you are inwardly living like a prodigal. You are going through religious motions, but you are empty.
Confession and repentance is the only cure for a cold, calloused and self deceived heart. They go hand in hand. You cannot pretend with Jesus Christ. He knows the condition of your heart. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can get away with hidden sin. You are not exempt from the call to holiness. (1 Peter 1:13-25)
Be honest with yourself. If sin has gained ground in your life deal with it quickly, honestly and completely. Confess and repent so you can run back into the arms of your loving Heavenly Father.
Revival tarries only because God’s people refuse to humble themselves and turn from what God calls “wicked ways.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 is as valid today as when God spoke to Solomon. Is the Holy Spirit calling you to stop pretending and deal with your sin?
But Paul was instructing Timothy to also deal with others around him. He wanted him to lead others to freedom from sin and bondage. If you have a friend who has been taken in a trespass, go to them in humility and seek to restore them to fellowship with God. (See Galatians 6:1) Be a fire watcher like Paul was for Timothy. Don’t let sin extinguish the fire in others.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Holding Christian Leaders to a High Standard: 1 Timothy 5:19-20

Holding Christian Leaders to a High Standard: 1 Timothy 5:19-20
“19)Do not accept an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses. 20) Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭5:19-20‬
There are people who falsely accuse leaders for various reasons. Some are motivated by jealousy and others evil intent. Recognizing this, Paul adopted the Old Testament standard of requiring two or three witnesses to collaborate every detail. This could be applied two ways.
First, it could be two or three witnesses of the same sinful event such as stealing or fraud. Second, it could be two or three witnesses of the same kind of character flaw such as lying, anger or sexual indiscretions. Either were sufficient cause to investigate a matter. Why? Because character is important. Either scenario would show that the elder failed the test from 1 Timothy 3:2 of being above reproach.
Keep in mind, Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He works to discredit good leaders. False accusations can be very damaging. Even Jesus had many critics. These standards were intended to protect good people.
On the other hand, there are bad people who long to be in positions of influence and power. Satan strategically tries putting “Judas” on church boards or in pastoral roles. This charge to Timothy was intended to both protect the innocent and expose the wicked.
According to verse 20, when sinful leaders are exposed, they are to be rebuked in the presence of all, especially if they continue in their sinful ways. This public rebuke will serve as a warning to others. It will be a sober reminder that sin is not tolerated among Gods people.
When I read these verses, I am reminded of Acts 5:1-11 and the story of Ananias and Sapphira. They aspired for leadership but they were full of greed and deceit. The Holy Spirit exposed them and judged them with instant death. Acts 5:11 says; “And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all who heard these things.”
Leaders are to be held to a higher standard. They pave the way for godly living and righteousness. When they live sincere and holy lives, the cause of God is advanced. The opposite is also true. When leaders compromise, the cause of Christ and the gospel are negatively affected.
To establish this principle, read the story of the kings. When evil kings ruled over Judah or Israel in the Old Testament, the whole nation drifted into sinful living and unrighteousness. So also, righteous kings often brought revival and reform.
The morals and sincere holiness of leadership in the church are important. They can bring light or darkness to the cause of Christ. They can advance the cause of Christ or set Christianity on a downward course within society.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Compensation for Hard Working Spiritual Leaders: 1 Timothy 5:17-18

Compensation for Hard Working Spiritual Leaders: 1 Timothy 5:17-18
“17) The elders who lead well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. 18) For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while it is threshing,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”” 1 Timothy‬ ‭5:17-18‬
It is imperative that you give double honor to elders who rule well. This is especially true for those who work hard at preaching and teaching. I believe the double honor includes both respect and adequate financial support.
Both here and in 1 Corinthians 9:7-14 Paul quotes from Deuteronomy 25:4. The Old Testament text relates to not muzzling the ox while threshing. If you want it to work hard you need to feed it well.
The underlining parallel is that ministry is hard work. Preaching the Word and shepherding people is a full time job. I recognize that Paul was willing to make tents while planting a church, but as soon as the church started thriving, he devoted full attention to the ministry.
The old idiom is true; “You get what you pay for!” When pastors are distracted earning personal support, time in prayer and the Word are cut short. It shows up in shallow and unprepared preaching and teaching. The unction to preach with power and anointing is often missing. This is fueled by much time in prayer.
We often see this in remote and tribal area’s where pastors are working all day at other jobs just to make ends meet. It shows up quickly in shallow and often erroneous preaching. Soon the church begins to suffer. The laborer is worthy of his support.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global