Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.
“Spiritual maturity” and “chronological age” are not synonymous. Many believers, with the benefit of years, have not used those years for spiritual advancement. There are those who have moved into their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s without moving farther along in their walk with Christ.
The characteristics and qualities listed in today’s passage are not for older men or women only. But those blessed with years in the church need to demonstrate these qualities to the younger generations watching. Yes, we are to respect our elders…and… our elders should be “dignified” by demonstrating temperance and standing firm “in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.”
There is no such thing as sliding for home in the Christian life. Nowhere in Scripture do we find instruction for when we can retire from the Christian life. We are told to press on, not sit it out. The Church desperately needs mature Christians willing to empty themselves into the lives of another generation. The future depends on it. So, mature believers, it’s time to sign up for significant leadership! Impacting the future begins today.
Talking to God
Father, fill the church with men and women who have the experience of the past, obedience in the present, and a vision for the future. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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