High Position, Low Character
“A church leader must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall” (1 Timothy 3.6 NLT).
Most people know what happens to new Christians—or Christians newly committed to the Lord—when they get promoted too quickly. Usually, it’s a recipe for disaster. Becoming a Christian leader puts us straight onto Satan’s radar. We will now be tempted and attacked in every way possible in our personal and professional life. Satan knows that if he can make a leader fall that all those entrusted to that person’s leadership will struggle or even scatter. Here’s the truth of the matter: If a person is not willing to clean the floors in the background of a ministry, he or she should not be on the foreground bossing people around. There is no humility there and intentions may be rooted in self-projection and not in obedience to God. Usually it takes a while before God promotes us. He keeps us in the wilderness of our dreams, so He can build our character to handle the burden and blessing of our promise. No wonder God makes us wait after He gives us our promises. He’s preparing our character with humility, so we don’t become proud and fall from our purpose.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians 2.3-4 NIV).