May 19th, 2016
Gray Hair Is God’s “Stamp of Approval.”
Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. (1 Timothy 5:1-2 KJV)
God looks at aging or elderly church members in an entirely different light than those living in their youth can see. Young teens, those who are just fresh out of college might, as well those with young families may tend to place the things they think they know or have just learned in their collegiate studies, above any personal experience, the elders of the church can share with them about God.
Some younger church members might even be bold enough to correct and admonish their “old fashioned” way of thinking.
God sees elderly members of the church as being its “spiritual backbone,” having garnered years of first-hand experience and spiritual strength while raising their families and in occupying leadership roles and opportunities for service in the church throughout the maturing years. Elders have life lessons and valuable insight highly relevant in the spiritual atmosphere of churches today.
God desires elders to be treated with respect and gratitude and looked upon to be a source of spiritual insight, maturity and life experience valuable and necessary for servants of God.
God’s Word says to “celebrate” gray or hoary hair, calling it a crown for those who have been given spiritual insight and length of years by God in Proverbs 16:31.
Gray hair is akin to having a “stamp of approval” in God’s leadership manual.
Today’s youth are often looked upon as influential, or the “movers and shakers” of the church, while those who are elderly and mature often may be looked upon as “behind the times” and not “biblically hip.” However, God sees maturity and aging as a sign of proven leadership and experience.