Experience Before Leadership

Recently I wrote about a contestant on The Next Food Network Star. The young man was extremely knowledgeable in cooking and I thought he would be a good fit for the show. I was shocked when they released him, dashing his dreams. The reason? Inexperience! The mentors of the show decided he did not have enough life experience. This reminds me of 1 Timothy 3:6. This passage is describing the qualifications of one in consideration for leadership in the church. “And not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.”

At the time of our conversion to Jesus, He puts a strong desire to do a work for Him. Most of us run out and try to accomplish this work only to find God shutting the door on our desires. Why? Because you do not have the life experience of being a Christian. Think of Moses, when he was still in Egypt he had this strong desire to deliver the people being held in bondage. He rushed out trying deliver them but found God had closed the door. He then left Egypt and lived in the desert, learning how to live in the land, just the experience he needed to be able to keep Israel safe during their desert wanderings. When he was ready, God called him to go and deliver Israel.

A new convert can become conceited when they find success before gaining experience, but a seasoned convert will say, as Moses did in Exodus 33:15, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.”

Father, thank you for your wisdom in knowing the right thing for me to do. Help me please wait for you to give me the necessary experience needed to fulfill the desires you place in my heart. In the name of Jesus, I pray, amen