“But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void. For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 15:15-18 (KJV)
The apostle Paul did not seek to improve his stature in the Church. His mission was to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. He had the right to be paid for his labors, yet he asked for nothing. Far too many times ministers of Christ exalt themselves in ministry. That is an assault, and an insult against the work of God, the Spirit of God, Christianity, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is free of charge; yet it is not free, because it cost Jesus His life.
-Tim A. Blankenship