WHO IS QUALIFIED? …REALLY?


When I was growing up, I was always made to be the example…that’s because I was a P.K.-otherwise known as a Preacher’s Kid.  Since this was my position in life, I was somehow held to a higher standard than all the other kids in the  church.

This view of thinking caused my brother and I to rebel to a degree far higher than most.  However, had we been given the same grace as all the other children, we perhaps would not have gone astray to such lengths!

I had the verses in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 crammed down my throat so many times that I could quote them, verbatim by the age of nine!  Here’s what it says… “ Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.”

I completely agree…but all parents KNOW that you can only enforce obedience in young children.  Once they reach a certain age, they become “adults” and make their own decisions.  If you’ve brought your child up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, He promises He will bring them back to what they’ve learned.  BUT…most kids stray for a time. Does this make their parents unworthy or unfit for ministry?  That kind of thinking is ludicrous!

The Bible calls David, “a man after God’s own heart”, yet he had a wayward son named Absalom.  Does the wanton actions of his son negate the ministry of David? NO!  And, we all know the story of David; he strayed from the Lord when he lusted, and then took Bathsheba.  But it didn’t end there…he had her husband sent to the front lines of battle, knowing full well that it would mean his death.  David was an adulterer and a murderer! Did God change His mind about David?  Of course not, because God looks at a man’s heart!

God’s call on your life is without repentance!

One of my close friends and I were chatting about this the other day, because like most parents, we have at least one child that seems to have lost their way… for now anyway.  We pray for their return to God!  But, if we want to get right down to it…let’s take it to the top.  My friend said this, and I quote…” God is, was, and always will be, a perfect parent and his kids (Adam and Eve) sinned and rebelled.  So, clearly, being a perfect parent doesn’t guarantee perfect results!”  So true!  This is where ‘free will’ comes into play.

Next time you see the Preacher’s kids misbehaving…pray for them!  Pray for all the children you know.  Life, in this day and age is not so easy as it used to be!  Our kids are bombarded on all sides…on a daily basis by Satan and his vices.  Pray for their parents as well!

Stop your gossip.  Take your judgments to the altar.  Begin to pray for them, and yourself.  Look at your own life.  Lay down your stones.  Fall to your knees!  None of us are without sin!

Anita

 

6 thoughts on “WHO IS QUALIFIED? …REALLY?

  1. Growing up, one of my best friends was a PK. Great reminder of how when we as imperfect humans try to enforce God’s perfect standard on others. For me, I have to stick with applying God’s standard to my own life. And I fall short even in that. But that’s what parents do, right? They are supposed to show us the way. Yet, our shortcomings aren’t and indication of their lack of parenting skills. Like you said, perfect parenting doesn’t equal perfect kids. Great post! I did have a question about the sentence “God’s call on your life is without repentance!” I wondered if you could clarify what you mean by that? Thanks for posting this! Blessings.

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    1. In Romans 11:29 it says: For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Kenneth E. Hagin says: “Without repentance” means that God won’t change His mind about what He has called you to do. If God has called you, that calling is still there, whether or not you have obeyed. And if God gave you a gift—if He gifted you along a certain line—that gift is still there!

      Paul told Timothy to “stir up” the gift that was within him, saying, “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands” (2 Tim. 1:6). If you want to walk out God’s plan for your life, it’s time to stir up that gift within you!

      In Ephesians chapter 4, we read about some of the “gifts” that God has given.

      EPEHSIANS 4:8,11–12

      8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. . . .

      11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
      12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

      The “gifts” in this passage refer to the fivefold ministry gifts: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. You may or may not be called to the fivefold ministry. But everyone can be involved in the ministry of helps, which is a necessary and important part of the Body of Christ. And in one sense of the word, we’re all called to preach.
      -Kenneth Hagin

      Hope that helps! Thanks for your comment! -anita

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