In a family, a title like father serves as a function not a job and the payment due to this is the respect and acknowledgment you deserve as a father. It cannot be treated as a profession similar to a lawyer, engineer, teacher, accountant, etc. The “father” title cannot be used as a proof of identification in doing government / private related transaction. i.e opening a bank account etc. Such title also are recognized only limited to the subject of the title i.e “the sons are the one who calls or gives the title father to their respective father”
In like manner, a title like “pastor” is in the same category as the title “father”, it should be treated as such. The payment you get from this is the acknowledgment and respect of other people that you are one.
If you consider yourself as spiritual Levites, the below is your spiritual tithes.
Spiritual tithes are when a person who respects a lot of respectable people consider you or acknowledge you to be one of them, this becomes your spiritual tithes- earning respect and acknowledgment from other people in respect to your function as the preacher of the word.
Respect and acknowledgment are spiritual earning or tithe worthy to a true spiritual Levites.
Like the title “father, a title “pastor” is limited only to those who acknowledge you as one. It is not generally recognized by the government. In fact, having a title “pastor” cannot be used as a proof of identification in transacting government/private related transaction that requires a valid proof of identification.
Therefore, we should not compare the title “pastor” to a title in the likes of a lawyer, engineer, teacher, accountant, etc., to justify that like the mentioned professions which deserve monetarily payment of the service rendered, pastors also deserve the same.
Paul brag in the below verse:
“In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who preach the gospel should get their living from the gospel. But I haven’t taken advantage of this. And I’m not writing this so that it will be done for me. It’s better for me to die than to lose my right to brag about this! If I preach the gospel, I have no reason to brag, since I’m obligated to do it. I’m in trouble if I don’t preach the gospel. If I do this voluntarily, I get rewarded for it. But if I’m forced to do it, then I’ve been charged with a responsibility. What reward do I get? That when I preach, I offer the good news free of charge. That’s why I don’t use the rights to which I’m entitled through the gospel.”1 Corinthians 9:14-18 CEB
Moreover, apostles said the below:
“Brothers and sisters, we command you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to stay away from every brother or sister who lives an undisciplined life that is not in line with the traditions that you received from us. You yourselves know how you need to imitate us because we were not undisciplined when we were with you. We didn’t eat anyone’s food without paying for it. Instead, we worked night and day with effort and hard work so that we would not impose on you. We did this to give you an example to imitate, not because we didn’t have a right to insist on financial support. Even when we were with you we were giving you this command: “If anyone doesn’t want to work, they shouldn’t eat.” We hear that some of you are living an undisciplined life. They aren’t working, but they are meddling in other people’s business. By the Lord Jesus Christ, we command and encourage such people to work quietly and put their own food on the table.” 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12 CEB