Posted by: peebles | July 14, 2011

1 Timothy 5:18 (NIV) ~ For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”

Three times in Scripture we can read of this verse: once in Deuteronomy 25:4, then again in 1 Corinthians 9:9, and also in our text for today. Do not hold back or rob someone of a blessing, or try and get them on the cheap, as a worker deserves his wages. We would think nothing of blessing someone with the right hourly wage for the job. For example, for a plumber, or a carpenter, or even a mechanic, so why do some people think that people who work in the ministry should not be blessed in the same way?

Let’s look at this from a slightly different perspective. The “wages” that one receives may not necessarily be monetary, but rather, it could be something as simple as giving someone the opportunity to fulfil their calling in God. For example, someone who is training to be, or has a desire to be a preacher, to be given the opportunity to do so within a church. They work hard at studying God’s word and wait patiently for the pastor to release them to be a blessing to the church and help their ministry in God grow, we ought not to muzzle their enthusiasm by constantly holding them back. For every minister and every preacher started off somewhere. As they were treading out the grain, working hard into the early hours of the morning studying and praying over God’s word and being a blessing to those within the church and those who were yet to come to church, they waited patiently for the opportunity to be released into the ministry, while being faithful in doing the little things.

There is the practicality of blessing someone who has worked hard treading the grain, or ploughing the ground, working at the bottom, putting their all to the plough for the gospel; men and woman who have such a kind heart to care for others, who simply work hand in hand with Jesus do the work of the kingdom, just because the love Jesus.

My friend, ministers around the world are robbed and held back because of the lack of their needs being met. Their enthusiasm and their wanting to do more is sometimes hampered by lack. This cannot be blamed on God, for if everyone rewarded those who are treading the grain, working tirelessly for the gospel, then we could release more and more workers in the kingdom and more and more gospel crusades and more and more things could be done in the area of evangelism. Therefore, let us consider our text for today, and let us be in a place to release and bless those who are training to be, and are in full time ministry, who live by faith; for the worker deserves his wages.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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