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Being Old or Being an Elder?

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Being Old or Being an Elder

Key Scripture

1 Timothy 3:1-2,4-5
[1]This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position.”
[2]So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach.
[4]He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him.
[5]For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?


After seeing the criteria Apostle Paul put forward for the appointment of elders in the church, I realised some really interesting truths that blew my mind away.

One thing that struck me, was that the position of an elder in the church is not conferred, it is desired, and this signifies willing responsibility, we’ll see the responsibility saddled with elders in a second, and see what is to learn from it. There was no record of an age limit, or age group, though there were some criteria that indicated that the person must atleast have a family he is responsible for, but there is no mention of an age gap. Infact, age almost had nothing to do with it, it was majorly about responsibility.

Our key scripture let’s us know the character the person should portray, and the kind of lifestyle the person should live, however, one criteria that stood out, was that the elder must be able to teach…teach what? well the gospel message. It was a criteria, in fact it was a major one, because the scripture uses the word ‘must’. This is how important teaching is in Christianity, and how important it should be to any church leader. You can already guess that knowing how to teach means that the person would obviously teach. It’s not a job left to those who are teachers, but it’s a job for every believer, or Church leader, being able to teach Christ. See what the scripture says;

1 Timothy 3:1,5
[1]This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position
[5]For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?

Verse 5 makes it all clear, it’s about taking care of the church. That’s the elders responsibility, and a large part of it is being able to teach. Spiritual elders are not judged on the age scale, that’s why it’s a funny practise to get every aged person in the church and confer them as elders. First of all, it’s a responsibility, and it is desired. It’s a huge responsibility, that helps take care of the church.

Acts of the Apostles 14:23 – Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust

1 Timothy 5:17 – Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching.


Lord give me utterance so I can teach your word. Help me manage my time and live responsibly, amen.

Author – Gem

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