Today's Reading: Galatians 5:25-6:10
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. (Galatians 6:8)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. St. Paul doesn't write the words above to tell us that there are consequences for how we live. You know, like “what goes around comes around.” No, Paul's words are about supporting our preachers. If you're young, still in high school or college, you might not think about what it means to support your pastor. Jesus told us this week to seek first the kingdom of God; the widow took care of Elijah even before herself and her son; Paul tells us to share all good things with those who teach us the faith. What does it all come down to? Supporting your pastor. Literally. With your money. Do you make any money? Do you give any of it to the offering at church?
When I first met my campus pastor on a visit to my college, he walked in with a big cup from Hardees. It was at that moment I realized that pastors are actually real people who have to eat, too!
Think about the gifts the Lord has given you through your pastor. With your Pastor’s hands and voice, the water and word were splashed upon you at the font. Through your pastor’s preaching and teaching, you have learned that Jesus Christ is your Savior, because He has taken your place on the cross and paid for your sins. Through your pastor’s voice, you have heard over and over that your sins are forgiven. From your pastor's hand you have received the body and blood of Jesus and that means forgiveness, life and salvation. What treasures your pastor gives!
What treasures do you give your pastor? Is your pastor able to give his time and attention completely for giving you those gifts? Or does he have to worry about how he's going to make ends meet and feed his own family? May it never be so! With the gifts the Lord gives you from your work and calling, whatever your job may be, give a generous portion to support the man whom the Lord has called to give you those gifts!
Thanks be to God! Christ has died for our selfishness and our desire to spend only on ourselves. He has made us His people and given us His preachers that they may faithfully deliver to us all that Jesus has won for us. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
O grant that noting in my soul May dwell but Thy pure love alone; Oh, may Thy love possess me whole, My joy, my treasure, and my crown! All coldness from my heart remove; My ev'ry act, word, though be love. (LSB 683:2