Apostle Paul wrote extensively and with great concern over this matter and that suggests to us that this is a crucial matter in the kingdom.
He poured out his inner displeasure in the attitude of the Corinthian church and wrote commendably about the Macedonians and the Philippian Church.
He said "if we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?" Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. 1Corinthians 9:11, Philippians 4:17.
Sincerely, it is the will of God for your Pastor to be appreciated. It is right, commendable and noble to appreciate your Pastor. Let me swiftly make an assertion here on this matter. Appreciation has to do primarily with giving and there are many dimensions to giving.
You can give to your Pastor spiritually by interceding for him. Ephesians 6:18-20. You can support his hands to remain up, because there lies the victory.
Moses' hands must be lifted up for Joshua to win at the battle front; Aaron and Hur lifted up Moses' hands until the battle was won. They understood that it was their victory and not Moses' or Joshua's.
Most church folks have not accepted the vision of their Pastor or ministry as theirs; that is why they treat it with levity. They feel it is their Pastor's business; after all they were not there when God called him, therefore he should carry his own cross.
If you treat your assignment with levity you will be leveled out. You will not attract the blessing upon the ministry. You may not be there when God called him, but he was called because of you. The anointing upon him is for you and not for him. Joshua's victory was because Moses' hands were up, not because he was so skillful.
The victories, breakthroughs in your businesses were not your strength, because "by strength shall no man prevail." (1 Samuel 2:9) if Joshua had failed, it would have been the defeat of all Isreal. You must understand that your breakthrough in business or at work place is your ministry's or kingdom breakthrough; if not, you will not go far.
Money in the hands of a believer is a threat to the kingdom of darkness. Abram paid tithe in acknowledgement to the fact that it was God that delivered his enemies into his hand. (Genesis 14:20). You can give to your Pastor morally by sending him text messages regularly as occasion demands.
You can be there for him physically; whatever your hands can do please do it. The mighty men of David broke through the camp of the enemies in jeopardy of their lives just to fulfill David's thirst for water from the well of Jerusalem. (1 Chronicles 11:17-19). The anointing you serve is the anointing that will enter into your life. Elisha did not contact the double portion of Elijah's spirit by just hanging around him. It takes a great servant to be a great master.
If you cannot serve a man of God faithfully, you will not be able to serve God of man faithfully. Sow financially and materially into your Pastor's life. The anointing you sow into is the anointing that will produce fruit in your life. 1 Corinthians 9:11, Philippians 4:17.
It is an approval that precedes appreciation. You will not appreciate or give to a Pastor that you have not endorsed as God's gift to you.
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