An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.
In our modern day Christian walk, there are so many new believers who think just because they are Spirit filled, know and understand the Bible they can become leaders in Church. Now today's scripture couldn't be more straight forward. It clearly says, new believers shouldn't be given a leadership role in the church until they have become secured, strong and matured in their faith. Too often these days in our modern day churches, some are so desperate for workers and for the fear of losing certain members based on either their social standing, influence, their zeal and passion for God or their financial position so much that they reduce the work of God to placing unqualified persons in position of responsibility. Don't get me wrong, some new believers definitely have been blessed with the grace of leadership but it still doesn't mean we should push them into leadership right away. I believe time tells and especially when it comes to working in the house of God, it shouldn't be taken lightly at all.
Not saying that new and old believers as a whole need to pass the test of time in order to mature and when they do; should absolutely have a place of service in the church but not in leadership positions until they are firmly grounded in their faith. Just because someone is been in the church for years doesn't automatically also make them matured believers with solid Christian life-style to hold the position of leadership. I know lots of believers who have been in the church for years and still aren't matured in their faith even though they think they are because they pray for eight hours non-stop, know the bible from A-Z and all the religious protocol so that qualifies them to be in a position of leadership. Well who said that?
The Bible says in Acts 10:34, ".....God is no respecter of persons:" I am a new believer and with the little I know now, spiritual work isn't just something we take upon ourselves based on our own works, effort or deeds. It is a position ordained and appointed by God because it is He who grants us the grace to do His work to the glory of His name. "For He is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care."--Psalm 95:7
Position of leadership in the church isn't an easy task. I know that because I see leaders in my church and I applaud them for what God is using them to in our lives and in the church as a family. It's a position of high standard, a solid Christian life-style and a knowledge of the word of God in the right sense and understanding. If you desire to be a leader in your church, ask God for grace and to prepare you for it in due time when He believes you are ready. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the leaders in Kharis Ministries for their dedication, hard work, obedience and attention to detail in their service. We love you all very much and continue to remember you and your families in our prayers for God's wisdom and grace in doing what He has called you to do. It's not always easy but with God on your side, you will always be winners in His Name, Amen.
Do you hold a position of spiritual leadership, or would you like to be a leader some day? Then check yourself against Paul's standard of excellence and keep in mind that those with great responsibility must meet high expectations.
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.--1 Peter 2:12
For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.--2 Corinthians 8:21
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.--Romans 14:17-18
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