Here is a timely word, to pastors, from Pastor Albert Martin, a faithful servant of God.
David Charles Providence Reformed Baptist Church Toledo, Ohio
Be determined more than ever to be a godly Christ like man in the totality of your redeemed humanity. What your people most need, and what an on-looking world most needs in your ministry, is a man who in his person in the totality of his redeemed humanity is both an exemplarity validation and an illustration of the power of the gospel. We all know the text, “I am not ashamed of the gospel it is the power of God unto salvation.”
When and where that power is operative, what does it produce? Anyone who knows you, anyone who knows me; anyone who has opportunity to look upon the rhythms, the patterns, the contours of our lives should be able to say, “Do you want to know what the power of the gospel does? Look at that man; he is an imperfect but real and undeniable manifestation of that power!”
This was the great burden of the Apostle Paul in the influence that he had with his younger colleagues, when he writes to Timothy giving him what we would call as a back breaking litany of ministerial responsibilities, among the churches. A tremendously broad scope of responsibilities, yet in the midst of it he says to Timothy, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” In all your labors Timothy, you are to be the embodiment of your message.
If people listen to you and people appropriate to themselves an intelligent faith, what you are instructing them to be and do, Timothy, be that in yourself!