2 Timothy 2:1-2 – “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” NASU
In consideration of ‘Spiritual Warfare’ and the preparation and the establishing of leaders in the Church, we must look at the HEART. In this passage especially if you take the full context you will find some incredibly powerful truths regarding ‘leadership’, ‘service’, and ‘life.’
It has been my observation that one of the best ways to test someone’s character and determine if they are truly a servant having Jesus’ Heart is to let them know you ‘recognize’ the call of God on their lives and then give them a task such as Janitor, Chair set-up detail, Greeter, Usher, or something of the like. Let him who would be the greatest among you be servant of all. Then watch them and listen to them.
THE KEY IS THE HEART:
Qualification is not enough! Faithfulness is the critical element! This message and all ministry are to be committed to ‘faithful men’ who shall be able…. The word ABLE – [he-ka-nos] speaks of sufficiency. ‘Who is sufficient…’ Simply, those faithful people who may not be qualified right now but because of their heart will become SUFFICIENT. Whatever God has called you to do He will make you sufficient if you are faithful!
God does not come looking at our QUALIFICATIONS, after all, they come from Him anyway! He comes looking at our HEARTS! Ministry (real ministry) does not begin in the pulpit or on the platform – – it begins in SERVICE! FAITHFUL SERVICE!
In truth, none of us are truly qualified. God does not call us because of our natural talents. He calls us because of our HEARTS! If a person’s heart is right and willing to be taught, this ‘faithful’ person can become MORE THAN HE NOW IS.
All of us have been burned or hurt in life. All of us have a call on our lives. All of us need a close covenant of committed friends. All of us need to be a part of a covenant community. ALL OF US! For you and me to stand in our commitment to Christ WE NEED to establish a Covenant Relationship with God. For our families to stand and not become fragmented and destroyed we need to develop a Covenant Relationship in that family order. For the Fellowship or local Church to stand and possess the land, there must be committed covenant relationships established within that body.
We are facing a SPIRITUAL WAR and to be prepared we must be COMMITTED and FAITHFUL. We have God’s Promises. Now as we more fully understand His purposes and receive His power we must be united in a Covenant Family and always stand FAITHFUL.
God bless you as you go through your day!