Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Share All Good Things

Galatians 6:6 says, "The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him."

In this verse we are told that we are to share all good things with the one who is teaching us, but what does this mean? Every commentary that I looked at said this was referring to financially supporting those who minister the Word to us, and while I do agree that we are to support financially those teachers that God has placed in a position of authority over us I do not agree that that is all that this verse is saying.

The Greek word translated as "share" in this verse is koinōnéō, which means "to communicate." This word is a derivative of the word koinōnía, which means "communion" or "fellowship." So what we are being told here is that we are to communicate back to our teachers all of the "good things" that we are experiencing as we put what they are teaching us into practice. And this communication should be growing out of the mutual fellowship of the word of God as you are building into each others lives.

So what is the bottom line here? Should we be financially supporting our preachers? Absolutely! But just giving them a paycheck does not let you off the hook - this verse tells us that we are to also let them know when God is blessing us through their teaching. So take a minute today and let your minister or teacher know the "good things" that are taking place in your life because of what they are doing.
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