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“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come” (1Corinthians 16:1-2).

Paul was fastidious about providing for his own support. Unlike modern money takers who solicit, Paul set the standard that the Gospel is free to those who receive it. Yet, at the same time, Paul admonishes to continue collections for the good work of the church. Here we see the charity we should all practice, the balance between doing good and being responsible.

Lord, I know I am saved apart from works of the law, but help me to live in balance between what I need to do and the freedom You grant in grace. You are the One who is doing all that needs to be done. You are the One who provides all that is needed, yet You call for me to learn discipline and cooperation. Lead me, Lord, in the principles You teach that I may follow according to Your Word.

Lord Jesus, You also did not provide for yourself but led a life living humbly upon what others freely provided. At the same time, you provided for others along the way, granting what they needed. Guide me, Lord, in the way of truth that I may walk the line of good stewardship in freedom knowing that all things are possible because of You. You are the One who has accomplished salvation for us all. Amen.