Luke 10:7 – ‘Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.’
This is advice from Jesus to his apostles. In Genesis the idea of work is introduced in the Bible. Adam and Eve were to tend the Garden of Eden. God created them for relationship; He also created them to work the garden. Today we’re to work for God by sharing the gospel with others.
The worker deserves his wages. If you have a job, chances are you work and are paid on a regular basis. Jesus was indicating this should be the way with the disciples. They were to work and accept hospitality from anyone who offered it – this was their wage. They were provided with a place to stay and food to eat.
As Christians, we are made to work. Chances are most of us do work – or are seeking work – and will receive a wage for it. We should then put this money to work so that we can build our financial worth and invest it in God’s kingdom.
Perhaps some things you do because you love them. Do not turn away wages or provision from others in return for work that you do. Even if you volunteer to do it, God may be trying to reward you for the work you’re doing for Him. Accept provision through others from the Lord and work hard to invest what you can of it.
Likewise, as someone who employs the skills of others, do not deny them wages. Recognise that they are indeed working and therefore entitled to a wage. I look forward to the day when my husband and I are running our own business and we are able to employ people. How wonderful to be able to provide wages to workers! It helps the economy and it shows we are in a good position to be able to employ others and pay them.
A job on a minimum wage may be the only thing that someone has to build their wealth, to put food in their stomach and a roof over their head. Remember that the worker deserves his wages and don’t deny them of this when they work for you.
Wealth tip – if the amount you need or want to save isn’t possible on your current budget, consider where costs could be cut or more money could be earned.