Doubly Paid

     Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was the son of a minister. His father, who was tall and very thin, would often take young Woodrow with him on his parish calls, which he made with a horse and buggy. One day, on one of these calls, a parishioner asked,

     “Reverend, how is it that you’re so thin and gaunt, while your horse is so fat and sleek?” Before the father could reply, young Woodrow said,

     “Probably because my father feeds the horse, and the congregation feeds my father.”1

“Let the pastor, who leads well, be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine” (1 Timothy 5:17). “Honor” means “double consideration, doubly paid, or deserving twice the salary they get.”2

Charles Spurgeon once had the officers of a small country church to recommend a pastor for them. The salary, however, was so small that he wrote back to them, “The only individual I know who could exist on such a stipend is the angel Gabriel. He would need neither cash nor clothes, and he could come down from heaven every Sunday morning, and go back at night, so I advise you to invite him.”3


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  1. A Complete Treasury of Stories for Public Speakers, Morris Mandel, Jonathan David Publishers, Middle Village, NY, 11379, Copyright 1974, pp. 79 – 80
  2. Word Meanings in the New Testament, Ralph Earle, Hendrickson Publisher, Inc., P. O. Box 3473, Peabody, MA, 01961-3473, Copyright 1974, p. 396