14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.
27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
As a preacher I can earn my livelihood from ministry, although I don’t have to. Paul didn’t. I can earn a living but preaching doesn’t guarantee winning the prize. Preachers can be disqualified. Self-discipline is a must to gain the prize of heaven. Becoming confident in ministry instead of nurturing my relationship with Christ is a trap.
Thank You, Lord for permitting me to do the work of ministry – it is a privilege. Thank you more for the daily walk I can have with you through Your Word and by Your Spirit. This is what’s most important to me!