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“Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar?  So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:13-14).

The church was new and workers were not considered as workers.  Behind this is an attitude of looking at things with a view of stewardship.  The worker is worthy of wages, not only in the church, but everywhere.  A server lives on tips.  Do you tip well?  Behind all of this is an attitude of the heart that either looks for advantages, or else seeks for being equitable.  Look into your heart.

Lord, where I am miserly, create in me a charitable heart.  Where I am indifferent, create in me a compassionate heart.  In all things, create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me that I may become like Jesus.  Guide me according to Your goodness to see that only in the way of salvation can I become what You have always intended.  Lead me according to Your goodness to see the truth and follow You in all things.

Lord Jesus, You are not only the model of the godly life, You have also provided the way for me to become like You.  Guide me in my meditations that I may humbly follow where You lead and do what is pleasing in the Father’s sight.  Help me now and always remain on the narrow and good path that You have placed me upon that I may abide in You and You in me now and forever.  Amen.