“To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.” I Corinthians 4:11 NKJV
I hear people say, “I have to look good, drive a good car and be rich so that when I preach the gospel people will believe.” We are in a world full of vain people; a lot in church are also vain and materialistic! What a shame.
When did being a true Christian or being a true minister of the gospel have anything to do with being rich? Does God make rich? Yes. Does God want us to be rich? Yes. But are riches a measurement of faith, a qualification, or a criterion for ministry and service? The answer is No!
Apostle Paul wrote many of the verses many of us use in believing for financial blessings, yet the man said that he was hungry, thirsty, poorly clothed, beaten and homeless! Yet he continued to preach the gospel and live for Christ. The man was not motivated by material things; his love for God had nothing to do with whatever he could or would receive from God; he was not interested in using God or ministry to meet his needs, but in God using him to save more and more people. His love for God was great, sincere and unconditional!