Pure Honesty Is A Beautiful Thing! P2

Happy Saturday!

Todays blog is my reply to a brilliant comment from yesterdays blog, posted by my dear Indonesian friend Esslythe Harsanto. If you have the time, you should re-familiarize yourself with that blog, “Pure Honesty Is A Beautiful Thing,” and read Esslythe’s comment.

Dear Essly, thats a beautiful thing your Pastor is teaching you. He is making sure his sons and daughters in ministry develop the purest shepherds heart. You have that heart.

Here in America, we normally do the same thing. In-house ministers don’t normally receive payment for ministering at their home church.

We do customarily pay salaries to certain key “full time” ministry leaders, such as the Lead Pastor, Lead Worship Pastor, Administrative Personnel, Youth and Children’s Pastors, and other full time ministry leaders depending upon the size of the church community.

For me, the key to what you’re saying is that it is permissible for ministers to receive payment for ministry related activities, as long as he or she is never doing ministry “for hire”.

As you know, the American economy was hit very hard last year.

I know of a church that went through a very difficult time when a group of people left in hostility to start another church. During that time, the Lead Pastor and his wife forfeited almost one half of their salary and benefits in order to navigate their church through those rough waters. The sacrifice was so painful, this Pastor almost lost his house to bank foreclosure.

During this time, he started to question God, “Why are you not providing for me.”

And God replied, “Dear child, do you remember when you first entered into full time ministry and you begged Me to send you? Do you remember telling Me, ‘Please God, I will do ministry for free, I will even pay You for the privilege of ministering to Your special people… I will sacrifice everything if you will just say the word! Please call me out of the boat and I will walk on the water!'”

God continued, “Ever since the day you went into full time ministry, I have provided all of your needs. You have been very blessed for your service in my Kingdom… even though you promised to work for nothing and you promised you would even pay Me for the ‘privilege’ of ministering to My special people.”

Finally, God’s words had a profound effect on this discouraged pastor when He said, “And now today, you are being called to keep that promise you made to Me. I am testing you at this time… to see if you really meant what you promised. Do you still have that same heart, today? Are you still serving in my Kingdom for the right reasons? Are you still willing to ‘sacrifice everything’ for the PRIVILEGE of SERVING my special people? Or has the ministry become your career? Have you become a hireling just that fast?”

Thankfully, this minister understood what the Lord was explaining to him… and he recommitted his life to the PURE SERVICE of his high calling!

God loves to reward His children for their service in His Kingdom. There are so many scriptures in the Old and New Testaments where God commands His people to financially reward those who serve in ministry. Here is one of them…

1 Timothy 5:17-18 NLT, “Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”

Yet, we that serve in ministry must always maintain the purity of our real reason for being in ministry. Jesus is our model. He is the ultimate Shepherd. Jesus created an example that we should always follow.

In John 10:11-15, Jesus taught about this to His closest disciples on the night he was betrayed. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.”

Dear Essly, you and your people have a true Shepherds heart today, because you have a beautiful Pastor who has taught you very well. Guard you hearts always… so that even when the time comes that you are financially rewarded for your service, you will never become like the hired help.

I long to visit my dear friends in Indonesia. You people inspire me everyday! God willing, the time will come… and what a day that will be!

To everyone else who serves in God’s Kingdom… always do what you do because you genuinely love God and the people you are serving. Never for any kind of reward. Always guard your heart against the selfish spirit of this age. Study the life and teachings of Jesus Christ… and aim to be more and more like Him in every way!

Here’s a great song for this moment: Perfect Love, Hillsong.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-0iLz_FIS0

I just finished praying for you all. Make this a most triumphant day! With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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6 thoughts on “Pure Honesty Is A Beautiful Thing! P2

  1. That Pastor & his wife are very amazing people!! It is amazing what God can teach us in those times! I pray that none of us ever become just "hired hands!" God please touch your people! Give us your heart! Let us all become servants as Jesus was!!!!

    I am at work today so that us all I have. This will be my fervent prayer for some time to come! Thank you Pastor & Essly for this blog today! I pray it ignites new desires in all our hearts! Have a most blessed Saturday!! With MUCH Love!!

    Ps Sorry for any misspelling. I had to do all of this from my phone today. 🙂

  2. That Pastor & his wife are amazing people! How true this is today. I pray that none of us would ever become just “hired hands.” God ignite a fire in all of us to become servants as Jesus was!! Help us to have your heart with pure motives! I thank you now for Pastor Chuck & Essly and many others like them who set an example to everyone around them!!! This is my most fervent prayer today!

    I am at work today, so that is all for now. I pray you all have a most blessed Saturday! With much love!

    PS Sorry for any misspelling. This is all being done on my phone today. 🙂

  3. Our God is a beautiful one indeed; and this is my pray this morning that me and my house will serve the Lord for the rest of our days. When i first decided to listen and obey God about full time ministry; i remembered almost everyone in my family shut out about it. Some says that 'im ridiculous" Some even say that its not worth it, because i'm serving a young people, specially teenage because they have no money at all to pay me. Some says that i will regret someday because i lay down my future, my career. I was silent and crying almost every time i pray.

    It turns out that some part,they were right; because the teenage i serve doesn't pay me (thank God) *lol*, i admit that i might be ridiculous in my silent mode; but in my silent God speak out. He is the speaking GOD; The un-blind GOD; The God who see everything and God who gave rewards. Today, none of my family speak about my full time ministry; but they always see that my life is getting better and better. I might not rich according to this world, but i have the power to enjoy my life. I have the joy from inside out; my life has never been better. and i just keep praying that God would keep search my heart and seek my heart …

    Ps Chuck, you surely the genuine one as well … hope to meet you in person someday. and your amazing family. Bless your heart. HAPPY SUNDAYY!!!

  4. wow Essly what an inspiration your comments are to me. I have been laughted at by some of my close family members (that I love alot) for going out today and praying for people.When that happened I went back in my mind and pictured all the people that we prayed on today and happy thoughts came to me as my reward. It was so worth it to give up a couple of hours on my one of only two days off to allow God to use me to help out other people connect with him. and to agree with Elain, the fire is nice and warm when you open up your heart to service. Have a good night everyone.

    • Ahhh persecution… a bitter sweet necessary part of growing in Christ. Sometimes, it’s so painful when people we love so deeply don’t fully understand how much in love with Jesus we are.

      God made me a promise during the early days of my salvation. He told me that if I would be faithful to his calling for my life, that my entire family would be saved. When we were first born again, there was not a single family member on either side of our families following Jesus. We were greatly persecuted to the point of tears many times. Yet, we had a promise… and God has kept this promise!

      So far in almost 20 years of serving God:
      1. I personally led my mom to the Lord… and she went to heaven four and a half years ago.
      2. I personally led my grandfather to the Lord… and he went to heaven three years ago.
      3. I personally led my uncle to the Lord… and he went to heaven a year and a half ago.
      4. I personally led my father in law to the Lord… and he went to heaven in January of this year.

      Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

      Here are a few verses to encourage everyone about persecution…

      Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 5:10

      Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me (Jesus), they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. -John 15:20

      Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm. We are often beaten and have no home. We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment. -1Corinthians 4:11-13

      We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. -2Corinthians 4:8-10

      But you, Timothy, certainly know what I (Paul) teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it. Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. -2Timothy 3:10-12

      How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. -Hebrews 11:32-38

      I’m praying for you all, specifically about the topic of persecution… that your roots will continue to grow deeper and deeper… and that you all will reap the harvest of your love, especially in your own families. With much love…