Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 9:18 (KJV); What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
The gospel has to be preached without a charge. Paul warns us that when you put a price tag to the message, you abuse your power in the gospel.
What power does he refer to in this instance?
Is this the power to make a lame man walk? The power to open a blind eye? The power to heal cancer?
No, this is not the kind of power Paul means. A man does not lose his ability to demonstrate the Spirit of God through signs, miracles and wonders simply because he demands that people pay for those miracles.
A prophet does not lose his gift simply because he demands that a man give him a seed in exchange for divine oracles.
The power that is abused in this instance is much more important and significant and it is the power over men. This is the power in Psalm 110:3 wherein the Bible says, “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.”
When a minister charges for the gospel or ministers the gifts of God at a price, he also loses his place in God that allows him to command people’s destinies; that place that prompts people to effortlessly serve you.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Corinthians 11:7-9; 1 Corinthians 10:33
GOLDEN NUGGET: When a minister charges for the gospel or ministers the gifts of God at a price, he also loses his place in God that allows him to command people’s destinies; that place that prompts people to effortlessly serve you.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for the free gift of Your Word and the many precious gifts of the Holy Spirit. Freely I received, and freely I give to those to whom I minister. I know that You are my source, and not the hands of men, in Jesus’ name, Amen.