Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 6:12(KJV); All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
One of the reasons why manipulation has crept into the body of Christ is because some ministers of the gospel have failed to understand the difference between what is lawful and what is expedient.
The lack of wisdom to tell this difference has brought many of them under the power of money that they will do all sorts of unimaginable things to compel people to give to them.
In 1 Timothy 5:18, the Bible says “Thou shall not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. The labourer is worthy of his reward.”
This scripture tells us that it is a good thing for those of the household of faith to bless their ministers both financially and materially. This falls under the lawful expectations of the man or woman of God.
The other side of the equation is, is it then expedient for you to demand, arm-twist and extort through very ingenious ways so people can give to you simply because the ox should not be muzzled? Does it make it right to attach a miracle seed to a miracle psalm, 70 dollars for a Psalm 70 blessing simply because the scriptures urge those of the faith to give? No, of course not.
Paul, the same person who taught about not muzzling the ox also said, “when I preach the gospel, I make the gospel without charge that I abuse not my power in the gospel”(1 Corinthians 9:18).
He knew the dividing line between lawfulness and expedience.
As a minister, you must be conscious of the fact that God is your source and not men. That is the wisdom of those that value expedience over lawfulness.
As a follower, you too must know this difference because part of being a mature Christian is the ability to discern when a man or woman of God is sacrificing expedience over lawfulness. This wisdom will preserve you from manipulation. You don’t need to judge those ministers, you simply have to be wise.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 9:18, 1 Timothy 5:18
GOLDEN NUGGET: As a minister, you must be conscious of the fact that God is your source and not men. That is the wisdom of those that value expedience over lawfulness.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this Word. I embrace it with joy and gladness. The wisdom of expedience is mightily at work in me. In this wisdom, I edify and never stumble the brethren. In Jesus’ name, Amen.