Monday, July 31, 2023
The apostle Paul avoided financial support by working with his hands to be self-supporting.  However, he made clear in our passage today that those who worked full time in ministry should be respected for their hard work and financially supported.
We know that no human leader is perfect. They each have flaws and fallibilities. So, as followers, we can always find things in a leader to criticize. However, in a culture that magnifies and criticizes the faults of others, we need to be people who catch others — especially our spiritual leaders — doing what is right, good, godly, and helpful. We need to affirm their love for God and His people as well as their hard work. Valuing others, especially our leaders, must be a high priority in our living for Jesus!
Almighty God, thank you for gifting some to be leaders in Jesus' church and especially for those who use those gifts to help us serve you effectively and function as the bodily presence of Jesus in our world. Forgive us for our past criticisms and fault-finding among our leaders. Protect them from attack. Bring others close to hold them accountable and use me to affirm, honor, and build them up. Thank you for our godly Christian leaders. For those leaders who have gone astray, we ask for their reclamation and forgiveness. We pray all this in the name of the greatest leader of all time, Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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