Vocational Ministers Are Often The Most Despised Of All People

Those who serve God fulltime in the ministry should not expect to be always loved and respected by those they are serving among. Rather, the daily life of God’s most faithful ministers often looks like this:

To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; 12 and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; 13 when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now. (I Corinthians 4:11-13)

Pastors and missionaries with shepherding responsibilities are often hungry and thirsty and poorly clothed because of the great sacrifices they need to make for those whom they are serving. Their financial needs should be met by other believers, but often they are not. In some regions the very government and society is explicitly opposed to the wok they do, so that they are roughly treated and homeless. They have to toil with their own hands in order to prove their true intentions to those they are trying to reach, adding the stress of a secular job to the already heavy load of spiritual ministry. Naturally, these workers are always criticised by many around them. But they cannot respond in like, or their entire ministry will be discredited. So, when they are slandered they must try to conciliate; when they are reviled they bless. In the eyes of the society they have become the scum of the world, the dregs of all things. They perhaps deserve more honor than most, but they receive less. This is what it is usually like to faithfully serve God in a full-time capacity.

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