Your Personal Identity

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

—1 Timothy 4:12


This problem of personal identity not infrequently troubles the faithful minister. The congregation has called him as their pastor and teacher, but the members have a hard time forgetting the saintly predecessor who died or who was called to another ministry. They find it hard to make room for the new minister—mainly because he is not enough like the former one. His voice is different. So are his gestures. His hair is not gray. His wife is not as friendly.

Be careful! God blesses people for their faith and obedience, not because they are old or young, bald or gray, pleasant voiced or raspy. God expects each one of us to let Him use us in helping people to a walk of spiritual blessing and victory. Not necessarily must we have had a long record as heroes in the faith to qualify.   JAF070

Lord, I pray for any of my brothers who may be facing this struggle today. Challenge the congregation to move on and love their new pastor. Give grace to the pastor; help him to faithfully demonstrate faith and obedience. Weld pastor and people together in a deep love relationship. Amen.


2 thoughts on “Your Personal Identity

  1. When I was a young man and newly born-again, only about a year into my walk, we ended up with a new Pastor. Now I was about 18 or 19 at that time and for me this was definitely a “newness!” I eventually put him on a pedestal and one Sunday, out of the blue, he announced he was quitting. I was FLOORED. I got mad, I got sad, I got rebellious and all I can say it is a great thing that our Heavenly Father IS longsuffering AND gracious!

    Eventually I repented and got back into church, but I DID learn a valuable lesson. God calls and positions whom He chooses that we might grow and not get stagnant in our faith or in our walk. I never forgot God’s magnificent grace towards me during that time nor the Lesson I learned. I’ve been trying to serve the Lord for just about 50 years now in one capacity or another and now I apply that lesson when dealing with anyone new who comes into MY circle of influence. Every Minister, no matter the title, should!

    Great, Great message!!!! (and brought back memories!). God Bless!


    • Thank you to His Glory.

      When you were you 18 or 19 you probably never thought the lessons you were learning would be helpful later on. Most people would not thank God for the lesson they are learning during the tough times, while they are going though the tough times. God finds a way to help us heal and use our tough times for His purpose.

      Thank you for the Blessing. May God continue to Bless you and yours as well.

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