Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
2 Corinthians 8:12
For if the eagerness is there, [then] whatever a person has [to give] is acceptable, and not what he does not have.
But I did not want to do anything without your permission, so that your goodness [of heart] would not be shown out of a feeling of obligation, but out of willingness.
1 Peter 5:2
You should serve as shepherds of God's flock [i.e., the church], among whom you minister, providing careful oversight [of the people], not because you feel forced to, but because you want to, as this is in accordance with the way God wants it to be. Do not [serve as elders] simply out of a desire for the income you receive, but because your heart is in it.
1 Corinthians 3:8
Now the person who plants and the person who waters have the same [purpose], and each one will receive his own wages, according to the work each one does.
The person who welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will receive the [same] reward the prophet gets. And the person who welcomes a good man because he is good will receive the [same] reward the good man gets.
1 Corinthians 9:16
[But] I do not have anything to boast about if I preach the good news because I am compelled to do it. For it would be too bad for me if I did not preach the good news.
1 Corinthians 4:1
So, a person should look at us as servants of Christ and property managers entrusted with the secret truths of God.
You see, I have told you [all this] ahead of time.
And the Lord answered, "Who then is the trustworthy and sensible property manager, to whom his master will assign the management of his household, to provide adequate and timely meals for its members?
On the contrary, they saw that I had [already] been entrusted [by God] with the Gospel for the uncircumcised ones [i.e., for Gentiles], just as Peter [had been entrusted by God] with the Gospel for the circumcised ones [i.e., for Jews].
[Note: Paul here digresses from his prayer, begun in 1:15-16, to explain the circumstances of his being a prisoner on behalf of these Gentiles]. [I assume] you have heard about my commission [to minister] to you, which was given to me by God's unearned favor.
But the others preach Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely, hoping to stir up trouble for me while I am in prison.
I was made a minister of the church according to the task given to me by God to fully present His message to you.
1 Thessalonians 2:4
Instead, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel. So, we speak, not trying to please people but God, who examines [the motives of] our hearts.
1 Timothy 1:11
found in the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me.
So, you too, after you have done everything you were told to, should say, 'We are unworthy slaves. We have done [only] what we were supposed to do.'"