A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for October 23, 2021
|Paul Paid Rent|
Text: "For two whole years Paul stayed there [Rome] in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him" Acts 28:30.
The apostle paid rent --how much is not clear. But the duration of his stay --two whole years--is specified. So Paul had an income, perhaps from donations toward his work, but more likely from his trade, that of tent making.
God's servants have expenses. Even Jesus had Judas who kept the bag, albeit unfaithfully. God's work and ministry have always required and received revenue.
Melchizedek was a priest who received tithes from Abraham. The priests of the Old Testament were also allowed to eat some of the animals after they had been offered to God in holy sacrifice. And the churches in Macedonia sent gifts to Paul's missionary team so that he could advance the work of the Lord.
Not all of us are apostles or even "full-time" ministers of the Gospel. But everyone has resources, some of which should be directed toward God's servants --so, if need be, they can pay their rent.