You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them. – 2 Timothy 3:14
I talked to a friend of mine who knew another pastor whose church was growing—but this pastor had just confided in my friend that he and his wife were getting a divorce. In contrast, I have a close GCC pastor friend who is ministering in a comparatively small church but whose marriage is strong and vibrant.
I thought to myself that I would much prefer to listen to the teaching of my pastor friend than the other man. A teacher’s character is more important than his popularity.
When I reflected on these two pastors, I thought of this verse. A man of God is a man of the Word. He studies the Word. He teaches the Word. But most of all, he lives the Word.
Paul emphasizes this truth with Timothy. In this section of his letter, Paul focuses on the Word of God. And the first point he makes is that we are to continue in the Word, looking at the lives of those who taught it to us.
In America today, we have a credibility gap. People question politicians. They question the media. They question business leaders. In this questioning and suspicious environment, it is imperative that they not question and reject the church, which gives the word of truth. And the key to a person having confidence in the church is to have pastors who are the “real deal.”
So, if you aspire to be a man of God, be a man of the Word. That is, be a man who lives the Word, in integrity and humility. And if you are a member of a church that has a pastor who is a man of character, take a moment to thank God—and thank that pastor.
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