Acts 20:32-38

32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

36 When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.

One response to “Acts 20:32-38

  1. He set examples to them in multiple ways. First, he was completed committed to the gospel, the plan of Christ, and sowing truth. And then, he showed the true heart of service and did not expect them to care for him in exchange for his ministry, but instead financed his own way through work so that he would be of no burden to them.

    This is not to say that shepherds are not worthy of support. This is to say that we should not let serving God turn into an entitlement. I can trust Him to provide for me. Anything He chooses to give me is His plan. I should never expect or assume that I am owed.

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