April 16, 2021
Scripture Resource Passage: 2 Timothy 3 and 4
Christ’s disciples and leaders anticipate the Day. The waiting, in the year of our Lord 2021, now stretches over two thousand years (2 Peter 3:8). Anyone who does not catch the reality of waiting, misses a holy truth in following Christ. Waiting is fundamental and central to our identity. God is not delayed and through the Spirit declares the surety of His promise (2 Peter 3:9-11).
Unfortunately, while we wait, and sometimes like children, God’s people stray and the need for excellent leadership, an absolute in good times, becomes even more apparent. Recall these words from today’s primary Scripture resource passage: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:3).
Timing may not be all encompassing, but the spiritual discipline of waiting for God to act is like the Spirit hovering over the waters at creation. Unseen strength is required—note the key first word—unseen. Christ’s leaders are primarily individuals who specialize in seeing with the eyes of the Spirit, providing counsel and wisdom as God’s people wait for the Day.
Children and sometimes disciples are not typically at their best in waiting. Anticipating lunch, waiting for dinner—would you like to spend some pre-lunch quality time with a two-year old?
Flying about with the emotional discharge of a super-ball (remember those wild bouncy bundles?) little ones’ pout with sad faces, spilling tears from eyes tightly squeezed. Loudly proclaiming (screaming more likely), “Want to eat now!”
Hopefully and with a soothing voice adults should reply, “Your lunch will be ready in just a few minutes.” Those words, delivered with a softening tone, are the voice of family leadership.
Groups of disciples, we typically know them as churches or congregations, can likewise be filled with impatient impetuous disciples. God’s people have on more than one occasion sought to force spiritual agendas (Matthew 26:52). In all seasons a challenge rests in affirming spiritually discerning leaders who speak spiritual truths in firm tones.
Are you able to identify positive characteristics, and spiritual flaws in your own life, which help or hinder you in supporting God’s leaders (Hebrews 13:17)?
I look forward to seeing your comments and suggestions. Thank you for reading.