Ranger was like a “work horse” dog, strong and capable- he earned his keep! This reminds me of a Biblical principle…those who preach the gospel have a right to share in the offerings of the church. Paul gave up that right so there would be no obstacle before the seeker’s heart to God. Being a tentmaker applies to many in full-time positions who not only earn their living but in addition minister the gospel as God leads. By giving up the right for monetary recompense, they trust God to love through them (beyond their natural human strength). – Teresa #nostringsattached
1 Corinthians 9: 8-14 (ESV)
8 Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? 10 Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. 11 If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12 If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more?
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. 13 Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? 14 In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.