We know how these meetings with family are not always easy to handle; they don’t always end the way we think they would….
People get angry.
Others get disappointed.
And some others state their case and prove their point with too much fervour than is absolutely necessary….
But that’s what families do, right?
Because in the end, just going around the mountain confronting us wouldn’t make it go away – well, unless like Joshua, and the Israelites he was leading, God told you to (just like with the walls of Jericho).
But usually, going around a mountain, holding hands and singing Gospel songs is not the way mountains get moved.
We must do the work.
Confront what needs to be confronted.
Say what needs to be said.
If we’re seeking the good of the family we belong to, we must stop looking the other way when things go the way they’re not supposed to….
And the Church is a family….
So I’m putting my hand up now, waiting my turn to say my piece….
Not to despise anyone’s youth, or anything like that, but I think something is way off when we let people who barely know their left from their right when it comes to the issues of life, to lead large congregations of believers.
No sir, it doesn’t matter all that much, if you’re a fifth or seventh generation preacher. We’re talking about a way of life birthed in blood. A way of life that’s a fight till the very end.
I know about Jeremiah, Timothy, Daniel and his friends, but one thing common in their stories was the call and the preparation by God Himself on their lives.
Preparation that usually included guidance by those who already walked the path they’ve been called to.
Even Jesus, God Himself was on earth for thirty years, preparing for a ministry that spanned only three years.
Moses, Joshua, Elisha, the apostles….
Since He’s sending us as sheep among wolves, there’s no way Jesus would be sending His ministers out unprepared. It truly is a matter of life and death. And the enemy is not playing.
They say youth is wasted on the young. I don’t know if it’s true, but I do know that the horse is made ready before the day of battle. And there is a certain mastery and wisdom that comes with time. All that preparation is part of the work.
Let’s let God lead and prepare His ministers.
Let’s stop letting these young ministers expose themselves unnecessarily to devices and wiles of the enemy.
Zeal without knowledge still doesn’t work.
Add youthful exuberance to the mix… and, well, you get the picture (I hope!)
There is a time and a season for every purpose. And it’s God who is building His Church by Himself.
Letting young ministers who are still growing and have not been proved, lead large congregations, just because they’re qualified by worldly standards is a serious misstep.
We don’t even have to look too far to see how this has impacted the testimony of the Church in these present times.
I believe it’s time to stop moving around this mountain. It has to move.
Older Christians, please be like Priscilla and Aquila. Be willing, and look for opportunities to correct erring young teachers of the Word. If you seek wisdom from God, He would help you see these opportunities and correct these teachers in love.
Older ministers, please don’t look away and remember the old days with sadness because the Word has been watered down and Christian ministry is now done in ways you do not understand. Remember that if God still has you here, then your work is not done yet.
Young ministers, be willing to serve where God has you now, even if it’s under an older minister; like Joshua under Moses. Or Samuel under Eli.
This is a matter of life, death and eternity.
When you see something going wrong, please say so.
And don’t forget that –
…the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man availeth much. James 5:16.
Heaven is watching.
May we be responsible with the choices we make.