Thursday, July 8, 2010

Full Time Ministry, Really?

"...There he (Apostle Paul) met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla…Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks..." Acts 18:2-4, NIV italics, words in bracket and emphasis mine

Many of us feel as second class ministers because we are not in "full time" ministry. Yet Paul, who wrote most of the NT, worked hard to support himself and those around him. His trade skills also provided him access (scripture above) to places and people. In many places Paul boasts of being self reliant, "I coveted no man's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands have ministered to my necessities and to those with me..." (Acts 20:3-35)

Unless specifically asked of the Lord otherwise, we need to stop looking at our profession as an inconvenience that robs us time from our calling for it is a God-given gift by and through which God's work will be done. Many gospel restricted countries will open doors for Doctors, Engineers, Teachers, Nurses...Your ''tent making skills'' will provide you with access to hostile countries, people in high places and sustain you and the gospel (income).


“I believe in prosperity for I believe in God, for He gives me power to get wealth” © TJ Kyara

Tim J Kyara
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