KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:35 ” I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive”.
Apostle Paul instructs the brethren on certain important issues that they must consider. He says he has showed them all things. He taught them by teaching and by example. In Acts 20:34 he reminded them of how he laboured with his hands to support himself and they that were with him.
Acts 20:34 “Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. Apostle Paul was a tentmaker and practiced this craft to make a living for himself and the brethren who were with him. Acts 18:3 “And because he was of the same craft, he abodes with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers”. There is nothing wrong for a minister of the gospel to labour with his hands in order to support himself and the work as a whole. It was the desire of Apostle Paul to demonstrate by example that one has to labour with his hands.
What do we say about those ministers who do not do any work to support the work? It all depends on the demand of the work that one has to attend to as well as what the Lord asks him to do. The Lord Jesus did no work because there was so much for him to do.
There are occasions that the Lord instructs one on the terms of his engagement in working for Him. The following verse shows us an instant. Luke 9:3 “And he said unto them, take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece” In this instant the Lord gives specific terms for the work. They were to trust the Lord totally for support as He would use others to bless them. Luke 9:4 “And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart”.
The reason for Paul talking to them about laboring with their hands is also to be able to support the weak. He added that as the Lord had said, it is more blessed to give than to receive. We must always consider others in every sphere of life we find ourselves. We are one another’s keeper. Nothing in creation was made to serve itself alone. Everything was created to benefit other people and other things. You are an answer to someone’s questions. NEVER FORGET THAT.
God created all things to solve particular solutions. I am a solution to the needs of others, therefore I do not live for myself but, to bring smiles to a weeping eye. My life is also made fruitful and exciting because the joy of others becomes my satisfaction.
Thessalonians 2:9. “For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
1 Corinthians 4:12. “And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:”