“Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support” (Matthew 10:9-10).
The pursuit of our faith and the life of discipleship isn’t to be driven by economic motives. Jesus’ words offer both a personal challenge and a call to an astute awareness. Personally, these words herald a life of simplicity; that in preparing for the life to come, we divest ourselves all the more from the holdings of this world. We must also avoid the allure of charlatans hawking the gospel as a commodity for profit; those who promote “gospel strategies” that would lead churches away from the “least of these” to more financially advantageous locations. Compelling marketing data is of absolute necessity in the for-profit business world. For the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, however, it is departure by his people from his people.