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1 Timothy 3:6
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
Here St Paul gave the church direction on what a church overseer should incorporate into his life and way of living. In the previous verses, he gave a number of stipulations for the church to be aware of when choosing it’s leadership. He concluded by saying this individual must not be recently converted. If the individual is a recent convert, they may become arrogant about their position and fall into the same judgment the devil will face for his arrogance and conceit.
I understand the need for young leadership. I have four sons that have all been young leaders and are now beginning to move into an even more influential place of leadership as they age. Fortunately, they have all escaped the popularity of youth influence with their spiritual leadership still intact. Yet my sons still look to their “Old Man,” (said lovingly) for spiritual opinion, culture, and theological navigation. However, should one of them have been pressed into historical leadership of a group of people who were raised with sound doctrine and moral judgment, I believe they could have made it, but I’m not sure a new convert could have survived. The temptation of conceit is so prevalent that it’s one of the devil’s greatest weapons in his arsenal since it’s the very thing that took him down from his place in heaven. At any age, we must be on guard because pride is most often the originator of other sins that befall us. But today, because of the Apostle’s teaching, I want to give a shout-out and finish “In Praise Of Older Leaders.”
I never thought I’d be this aged! And instead of an emoji, I’ll just say I prayed that with a SMILE. I’m grateful you have kept me this long, and perhaps, as I am willing, you will help me to be someone younger people can turn to when you feel far away from them. Whatever you need me for, I remain yours. Amen