I had the privilege of hearing the sermon from Pastor Carlos Peña, a candidate for Senior Pastor for Greenhills Christian Fellowship. I really do not know him that much rather than the fact that he is the Executive Director of FEBC International and the past President of FEBC Philippines. The message was taken from 2 Timothy 1:3-18 which talks about the very afflictions of Paul and his hand of encouragement to Timothy, a young disciple of his that is taking on a big leadership role in the Church. As I was thinking of the similarities between me and Paul in this passage and any circumstances, I do got lost since I am in no way in Paul’s own shoes. What struck me however is the prevailing description of Timothy, the one whom he is writing the epistle to. His very Timothy is quite similar to the very “Timothy” I have with me.
Let me introduce to you Paolo Abdon. Paolo fits the very description of Timothy as he is also young, shy and has some temperaments that people would say a stumbling block to being a leader. Like Paul though, I saw a potential with this guy. This is not for me to edify Paolo but what I have in mind are the very people many simply pass away for leadership. This guy is not what the average people think of what a leader can be. For one thing, this guy did not even ask for a leadership position and almost declined it but accepted the challenge. What is different with him and the many people I know that started where he was is that they have something in common: the desire to know Christ more in their life and the passion to share to others who Christ is. That is what sets apart this kind of people even if you bring in a thousand kind of “charismatic” people.
Across the pages of the Bible, we can see at how God used seemingly unfit and “uncharismatic” kind of people in order to advance. I do remember where these Old and New Testament saints come from…
Jacob was a liar,
Moses was an unwilling leader and NOT a good speaker,
Gideon was weak with women,
David was a black sheep,
Solomon was a womanizer,
Elijah was just a simple depressed man,
Peter was a betrayer,
Paul was a murderer,
and John the Beloved was lonely…
yet God used these people for the glory of His kingdom in their very lowest of state. He was able to raise them up to where they are because either they were humble or God humbled them. God does not choose the “best” because he can CREATE the best from the very lowly creature we call ourselves. I just have to say this but people should not look to the outward appearance alone. One should look at one’s soul and how this person is changed by the grace of God from glory to glory. In the kingdom of God, it is not the best that serve Him but the servants. Christian leadership is not a talent show but learning how to be low so that God can use them in the highest and utmost. How about you? Do you have any Timothies around you? Look and decide.