Fish for Sale

Nehemiah 13:16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.

Christ said He will make us fishers of men. Men and women as they come to Christ are often likened to fish. Fish could therefore be a type that represents souls. It is not unusual to expect that evangelism will be commercialized. Everything that has value must have a price tag …

Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money

Sadly it is not everyone that is offered money that rejects it. Many have ways of receiving remuneration for what God is doing …enjoying lavish gifts from saints for the work God has done. This is not to say that we cannot be blessed for ministering to others … but moreso that we cannot obtain financial gain for the salvation of someone else. Another doctrine to fear is when we think God approves of us because we are financially blessed. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Our confidence should come when we study the word of God and we find we find our life lines up with the will and teachings of God, if we do His commandments.

By all means, do have a generous spirt and give …but do not try to buy graces or manipulate the one who must share the word of God …many affluent church members who are major givers will often go to the preacher after the sermon – to manipulate the word through praise and donations but ultimately through a disapproving comment.

Verses for further meditation
Rev 13:17; Rev 18:13

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Salvation and the graces of God are not for sale

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help me to value the salvation that your beloved Son paid for with His dear life. Amen

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