Paul, like Moses, constantly had to defend himself from attacks from within the church. This is always an encouragement for those in ministry to persevere as they did, with the Lord and with His people.
“Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.”
I think perhaps we are in danger today of missing out on Paul’s intent, one of them, within these passages we are reading.
Paul lays out a weighty argument for why, from the Corinthians point of view, he should be considered worthy of some material benefits for his work in the Lord.
The muzzling an ox truth is very important for us to understand, particularly with respect to how we view work.
But Paul puts it aside for a greater truth (which he has been doing in the previous passages as well).
“But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision.”
Are we raised these days to be strong in our rights as God’s people, which potentially deprives us of our boasting (in Paul’s words, presenting the gospel free of charge)?
A worthy topic to wrestle with.
* Lord God Above,
Please help us in our weakness, our minds are so easily led astray.
Please turn us to You, our eyes on Jesus, our hearts and minds wrapped up and founded on Your word.
Please reveal to us each day the depths of Your steadfast love and faithfulness.
This we pray Lord God.