“Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers just as he was. Each Sabbath found Paul at the synagogue, trying to convince the Jews and Greeks alike” (Acts 18.3-4 NLT).
During his ministry in Corinth, Paul supported himself with tent making. He would work during the week and on Sabbath he could be found in the synagogue, preaching about the name of Jesus. Paul may be one of the greatest New Testament evangelists who ever lived, and here he is doing manual labor. Many people mistakenly believe that once we follow the call of ministry (whatever shape that ministry takes) that we don’t have to spend any of our own money getting that ministry running or work another job to support ourselves. We think that since the ministry is the Lord’s that He should miraculously pay for everything with money to spare for our own wages. Although this may be eventually true for some people, the rest of us need to see our “tent making” ministry as an integral part of our ministry in the “synagogue.” Walking in accordance to God’s plan for our lives will cost us everything we have, including our money. We will have to sweat, commit to menial tasks and humble ourselves to whatever manual labor God demands. The manual labor looks different for each person, but we all must engage in tasks that seem to have nothing to do with ministry. But our labor is not wasted. When we look from God’s point-of-view, we will realize that God uses all our hard work for His glory and for our refinement.
“The Saviour of the world a carpenter! The greatest preacher of the gospel a tent-maker!” ― Philip Schaff, History Of The Christian Church