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Elders Hope in God

I recently finished Thabiti Anyabwile’s new book, Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons.  I particularly appreciated his comments on 1 Timothy 4:10 (we have our hope set on the living God).

We pastors face constant temptation to do pastoral ministry in our own strength and wisdom.  We are invited on so many occasions to be men of strength and spiritual courage that we begin to believe that such strength and courage are matters of self-exertion.  We may imagine ourselves mustering enough willpower to push our way to any goal.

But this brief phrase from Paul’s letter confronts every pastor with the question, Where have we put our hope?

Sometimes we place hope in our study and preparation.  Sometimes we place our hope in books read and the convincing arguments they contain.  Other times we place hope in relationships, in the affection we share with others in the body.  Or we place hope in our articulate expression, clever counsel, and good sermons.  Our hope soars when things go well, when people seem pleased with our performance.

All of these hopes are deadly temptations!  All of them fade, weaken, and disappoint.

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