Galatians 6:6, ESV: “Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.”
Many pastors use this verse to support tithing, giving, etc. Since Paul has been talking about Spiritual gifts (Galatians 5) and how we are all called to do something within the Kingdom, they connect this verse with those who do full time ministry. However, I feel at this moment Paul is focused on something far greater than these people giving him money. I want to actually focus on a testimonial aspect which I feel is more fulfilling as a pastor (hopefully). I feel Paul may be pointing to them sharing the testimonies of what has been happening in their lives, how they’re walking in the truth Paul has given them!
It’s nice to receive blessings from people, material gifts and such. However, something that far outweighs any material gift is being told that God has been breaking down walls! Seeing the Spirit radically changing the lives of the people you have been pouring your life out for. As a pastor my life is focused on shepherding and finding ways to shape and form the spiritual maturity and discipline of the flock God has entrusted me with.
Paul petitions “share all good things with the one who teaches!” It will motivate them and fuel their fire!
There’s a number within the congregation that have been very encouraging and open with growth/struggles. It’s a beautiful relationship. When you share the struggles, when you are REAL about how deep the pit is you are within, as God pulls you from the bottom of that pit no one is questioning if what is happening is the hand of God!
2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Church, online family, “share all good things with the one who teaches.” We are pouring out our lives as a drink offering for you, and want to hear how God is changing you!
God help me to be transparent about my struggles so that Your triumphs glorify You as they should. Help me to not be ashamed of the human nature… since everyone has it. Make me comfortable being an example for those who struggle to be transparent. Guide me so that I can guide others.
Start sharing. Easy enough 🙂