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. 2 Timothy 2:22
Recently, I was part of one of my staff being promoted to the Director of the Tucson Teen Challenge. It was extremely awesome to see, and it was humbling to have been a part of it. I have to come to realize that faithful men are made in the fires of life and not necessarily born. In addition, I believe God ordains moments for us to exercise our faith and grow into our responsibilities. I am sure had you told Jon or myself that either one of us was going to be pastors 10 years ago we would have laughed in your face!
Over the years I have learned some hard lessons- One lesson that has had a recurring theme is the temptation to use the gifted versus faithful. I have also been guilty of promoting the gifted and trying to make them faithful…No es bueno… The end result is dealing with wreckage from said scenario because the person had no character or what character this person had was “no es bueno.” There is a “patient tarrying” that is called discipleship. Character building takes time, pressure and consistency. Much like a tug boat guiding a huge ship into a harbor. The tug boat applies steady pressure consistantly over an extended period of time to produce a course change. When I look to the example of Jesus I find that He looked for something deeper than ability.
Mark 3:13-14 is an encouragement to us all! “And He went up on the mountain and summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him. And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach…” NASB
He called them that “He wanted, so that they would be with Him…” Wow- the fact that He just wants us first is amazing and add the fact that he wants us to be with Him is AWESOME! But look at the qualities of the folks Jesus summoned to Himself- none were theologians, none had social status, none could give Jesus special access to the powers that be to help the cause. In fact, some were hot headed, judgmental, full of doubt, envious and even quite unpredictable at times. It reminds me that Jesus desires our heart and He guides the course, even applying pressure over an extended period of time to produce change.
Entrust these things to faithful men- look for the faithful ones!