Thursday, June, 8, 2017 | 9:33 PM | by ledington
Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 11: 7 - 12
Fourteen weeks ago, we talked about ‘generosity’ (you may want to revisit the blog and materials for March 5.) To briefly summarize, it was noted that the word origin of generosity implied “to belong to nobility.” We also chose to look at this through a non-financial perspective.
In this part of his letter, Paul is forced into exposing another form of generosity: his not being a burden to the Corinthians’ church financially, while he was there. 2 Corinthians 11: 8, KJV “I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.” The word translated as “service” is diakonia; this is the origin of the word Deacon. What Paul did, in supporting himself so that the church was not financially burdened is still done today. Pastors that earn a wage rather than take money from a church budget are called Bi-Vocational.
I kind of doubt that they had Clergy Appreciation month back in Paul’s time. Personally, I am not a fan of “Card Company Holidays.” While there is some good, because it draws attention to what Clergy does at least once a year; unfortunately, it can become something prone to ‘Pharisee-ism’. “Well, I got the Pastor a card, don’t need to worry about that for another year.” I believe that we’ve talked about this before, so please forgive me if I repeat myself. I believe that the number one best way to appreciate your pastor is to help him accomplish his vision of ministry and expand the work of the church.
I do realize that I am (quite literally) preaching to the choir; but as a church – we are the Body of Christ. I will be making an appointment to chat with Steve (I hope next week) to start talking about my next class. I really would like feedback from him (and you) on what worked and what did not with our current format in this Covenant Group. Knowing what went into this, I need to start some preparation soon; but it is important that I catch his vision. I know that God wants us on the same proverbial page.
So – what is the best way to show Pastor Steve that he is appreciated and that we acknowledge how he has applied his generosity? Let each of us listen for God’s still small voice.