“Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less?”
2 Corinthians 12:14-15 NIV
Paul was worried about some issues the church in Corinth was facing.
In this chapter and the previous chapter, he often talks about boasting about his weakness, even thou he could be proud of everything he did. He also mentions how he never took vantage in any circumstances but the opposite, never trying to be a burden to them.
He considered the church in Corinth as his children, and as a father, he would be ready to spend everything he had and himself for them.
Ministers, pastors, or any leader inside the church must have the same heart and intentions as Paul demonstrated here: to care for the people as a father cares for his children, to give what their children need and not the opposite, to spend everything we have and even expend ourselves gladly.
As it seems in the case of the church in Corinth, we won’t consistently be recognized for the sacrifices we made, but that is ok because all these attitudes must be done in love, love that does not expect to receive anything back.
Jesus, help me to have the same heart as Paul: to don’t boast about what I’ve done but about my weakness. To love people to the point I feel there is no weight in spending resources to them. In Jesus’ name, I pray.