Though He has right to claim for support from the churches as God has commanded to continue to live through the provision from the proceedings of the preaching. Paul pursues that it would be most effective for the ministry if he offers it free of charge. God must have blessed his principle of ministry without soliciting support.
· What must have motivated Paul to offer such a service without expecting reward/compensation from men he ministered?
· What must he have done for his need that those he helped wouldn’t be burdened? See also 1 Thess 2:9 Surely you remember, brothers, our toil, and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.
· What could we observe of His conviction about his way of living as a reward? See also Phil 4:11-12 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
· What is God promising to you about His reward for your life as you seek to serve Him? Phil 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
· How would you like to experience His provision in life? Phil 4:17-18 Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.