Paul made this point clear to the Thessalonians; “For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.” (2 Thessalonians 3:7–9).
This issue is never about our comfort or gain. It’s about giving a model to the flock that will represent Christ to each other and to the world in our manner of life and the way we work to support ourselves. There is not space in this blog, but Scripture is replete with teaching on how the follower of Christ should maintain a work ethic that reflects the character of God to others.