...So they will be called oaks of righteousness... Isaiah 61:3
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Monday, October 13, 2014

There are several things I like about the prophet Elisha. One of the things is that he apparently had favorite places to eat. II Kings 4:8 tells us that he became a continual guest of the Shunammite woman and her husband. And when he came by their home he usually stopped to eat.

But in II Kings 4:9 there is something else known about Elisha that I really like. The Shunammite woman made this statement to her husband about Elisha. "Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God passing by us continually."

I especially like the fact that Elisha was known as a "holy man of God." Pastors may I ask you a question. Are you known as a "holy man of God?"  How do people perceive you? I have been a pastor for over 44 years. I have heard pastors described as great preachers. I have heard pastors described as sorry preachers. I have heard pastors described as busy pastors and lazy pastors. I have seen pastors who others said they are kind, merciful and loving. And I have seen other pastors described as mean. But to be honest I cannot think of any pastors who someone simply said, "they are a holy man of God."

I am at a place in my life where I am truly evaluating my ministry. My greatest desire is to be known as a holy man of God. I do not say that flippantly. I do not say that looking for a compliment. I am very sincere. My greatest desire is to be known as a holy man of God.

I will soon retire as pastor of The South Tulsa Baptist Church. I am praying for the man who will follow me. As I pray I am not praying for a great preacher, or a great pastor. I am not praying for an important person to pastor the church. I am not asking the Lord to make him have a heart for missions. But I am praying that he will be a holy man of God. All of the other things I mentioned above will happen if he is a holy man of God.

May it be said of all of us who pastor churches. "I perceived that this is a holy man of God who passes by us continually."

   
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