Acts 20:33-35, ‘I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Paul amazes me. He didn’t covet or HAVE to have praise from other men. All he lived for after Christ confronted him on the Damascus road was to please Christ. For this brother, to live was Christ. To die was gain and to be with Christ.
That’s why I picked this passage here from Acts 20:33-35. Paul didn’t covet anybody else’s stuff. Yet people ministered to him; different churches ministered to him throughout his ministry of Christ. And he didn’t refuse their ministry. He didn’t refuse their love. Look through his epistles, and you’ll see how thankful he was for their love.