7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:7-10
Paul certainly walked the walk in regards to his spiritual life. He was a wise man who knew how to get out in front of what his detractors would say about him. But he knew that he was being observed so he made it a point to not burden others. He could have requested things to make his life easier but he purposefully chose another means of support.
I recall hearing about an 18th or 19th century preacher who was offered a pastorate along with housing and a hefty salary. He declined the offer because he feared that it was too high of a salary and too little work for the position being offered. I cannot imagine a scenario like that today in our society. If you think little work and high pay seems like a dream job, then you’re probably not alone in that thinking.
If you have an opportunity today, write a letter to your pastor and his family. Let them know you appreciate them for the work they do. Offer to take them out for lunch. Better yet, give them a gift card to their favorite restaurant so they can go out together some time. You’ll be glad you did.