TOPIC: Time and Values
"If others have this right of support from you,
shouldn’t we have it all the more? But we did not use
this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything
rather than hinder the gospel of Christ" - 1 Corinthians 9:12.
Paul worked while he ministered and the decision to do so came from his value of not taking support from the churches he planted. The other apostles took this support to which they were entitled, but Paul did not, raising the money for his entire team. Somehow, somewhere, Paul developed a governing value to work to support his ministry. That is a great example of how governing values guide your daily decisions. Do you have values that can direct your daily decisions to his extent? What are you they? Have you decribed and prioritized them?
Lord, it is so much easier putting my decisions on You, saying "The Lord told me to do this or that." Yet I am seeing here that Paul's heart told him what to do based on what you had worked in his life. I want that same dynamic in my life, so help me see and act on what is important to me based on Your work in my life.