Be mindful how you treat the Man or Woman-of-God that’s watching for our soul and interceding on our behalf! Nope, I’ll be the first to say that Pastoral care and Ministry jobs are not the most popular for the average Man or Woman of the claw running a local assembly. I estimate with the economy and the lack of teaching on tithes and offering, that most of them probably net from very little to none if they are not working their ministry gift in a commercial capacity such as a mega church, hospital Pastoral care that goes to patient’s room at their request for the Man or Woman of God to come in and speak life over their situation; convalescent homes, or become a Chaplain in a prison or jail, or work in a funeral home eulogizing people who may not have a church home or a Pastor to care for the family or they can work in a wedding chapel where most ordained, licensed men or woman of God can perform weddings.
My point is if most of us can pay the social worker, psychologist, the medical doctor, the Judge, wedding chapels, and your lawyer to attend to you, why is that the preacher has justify that he is worthy of his or her hire? We wonder why when we call upon them that they can’t come… Gas, flowers and greeting cards are not cheap, but we expect them to walk through the door with just more than a prayer when they come into that hospital room or over to your house, etc. to see you. It makes a difference to have Pastoral care when your children are born, or you are sick, or terminally ill.
My question is: Should the Man-or-Woman of God that watch for your soul be treated less than? I’m glad you asked… The answer is “No!!!” Let’s do better people of God, “For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. 1 Timothy 5:18 ~
Malachi 3:8-18 (KJV)
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.
13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?
14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?
15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
“You Can’t Beat God Giving”
The Caravans feat, Albertina Walker & Eddie Williams
Minister Evelyn Diane Thomas