(1 Timothy 5:17-25) – double honor.
It’s good to give a return to those who are making an investment in you. In this case, the reference is to a financial return.
There is a precedent set in 1 Corinthians 9 and Galatians 6:6 that states that spiritual work is deserving of physical compensation just like physical work.
It frees up the Pastor to serve fully and to be without need of another job. This allows him to serve more deeply.
Anything or anyone that you take care of will perform better than something or someone that you don’t take care of.
Especially because Pastors are caring for our souls, we should be eager to help them be all they can be and have what they need to serve freely and without worry.
Many churches have not done a great job at this. Their pastors are stretched thin, underpaid, under-resourced, and have too much expected of them.
Pastors shouldn’t be in it for the money, but they’re just normal people who need to take care of their families too. This means we shouldn’t purposely stifle them.
If you have a faithful pastor at your church, take good care of them, because God has chosen them to help care for your soul.
The last part of this passage has to do with handling public sin. I like this process when it comes to this subject.
– Get as much data as possible. Don’t make rash decisions when accusations come in. There’s always 2 sides to a story.
– Show no partiality. Sin is sin, and should be dealt with no matter who is committing it.
– Public rebuke is necessary in the case of persistent, public sin. Matthew 18 talks a lot about the process leading up to that.
No one ever wants this to have to happen with their leaders, so choose them carefully and prayerfully. We need them!