By Meeting a Specific Purpose: 1:15-20
“And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.” (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.’”
Basically what this account is saying is that leaders cannot be put in place w/o a specifically known purpose. It is a waste of time and promotes inefficient ministry to put someone in a position just to keep them busy.
Have you ever seen some of the ridiculous old laws on the books in cities and counties?
- Young girls are never allowed to walk a tightrope in Wheeler, Mississippi, unless it's in a church.
- In Blackwater, Kentucky, tickling a woman under her chin with a feather duster while she's in church service carries a penalty of $10.00 and one day in jail.
- No one can eat unshelled, roasted peanuts while attending church in Idanha, Oregon.
- In Honey Creek, Iowa, no one is permitted to carry a slingshot to church except a policeman.
- No citizen in Leecreek, Arkansas, is allowed to attend church in any red-colored garment.
These laws probably had a good purpose at one time, but now they are useless and without purpose. Let us never allow someone to be placed as a leader w/o specific reason. May the ministry of GABCPC never have areas that have become useless and w/o purpose.
By Matching Biblical Priorities: 1.21-22
“Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
The biblical priorities for a leader are not the same as the world’s. Let us be sure to make decisions that more accurately match biblical truth than cultural opinion. In addition, as we face critical choices, operating off of biblical precept is key for God’s people.
One time I was speaking with some church members of another church in another town. They were searching for a pastor and had just called a new man for that position. I asked them what they thought of him. They were extremely impressed with him and this was their response. The first person said, “The church he started years ago now runs three hundred.” Another member said, “He has a lot of experience in building projects, so he’ll be able to take us where we want to go.”
My thought was, “If you want someone who can build a building, you should have hired a general contractor. But, if you want a pastor, look for someone who is ‘beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach...’ and on down the list given in 1Timothy. You see folks God’s priorities for His leaders are not the same as ours. Let’s make sure that, as we seek out God’s leaders, we do it by His qualifications.
The world says “Give us somebody with charisma.” God says, “I want someone with holiness.”
The world says, “We want a leader who looks good.” God says, “I want a leader who loves righteousness.”
The world says, “We want a leader with talent.” God says, “I want a leader who is humble before Me.”
The world says, “We want a leader who is witty.” God says, “I want a leader who knows and communicates the deep truths of My word.”
The human idea of leadership qualifications and God’s are two different things. May we NEVER allow the worlds qualifications move into this church body.