FOR THE WORKER IS WORTH HIS KEEP
Matthew 10:10b “For the worker is worth his keep”
Paul was a tentmaker and earned his own keep at certain times during his ministry. This is a good theoretical principle, but practically it might not always be possible.
In many places in the world, foreigners are not permitted to work for a salary. Indigenous people believe if a foreign missionary takes a salary from the government or another institution, there will be one less salary for a national worker. As missionaries we don’t want to take a job away from a local person who needs it to support his family.
Having lived and worked in different countries for many years, I learned this was true in those lands.
If a missionary is forbidden from having employment or supporting himself in a foreign country, the only alternative is that others support him financially with basic shelter, food, and clothes to live while preaching the Gospel.
According to Jesus, this is right and just.
“For the worker is worth his keep.”