Jesus is not against education or knowledge. Luke was a highly-educated physician, as were some of the other disciples. The Apostle Paul was an extremely learned man. Yet Jesus also chose some disciples who were men of little education.

What they all had in common, however, was surrender! They unreservedly surrendered their talents, abilities, gifts, backgrounds, education – ALL of who they were – to the King of kings. Thus, He empowered them with His Spirit and used them for the glory of God! You can read of Paul’s personal declaration of this heart attitude in Philippians 3:3-16.

These men held nothing back, but gave everything to Jesus for His use. What we can learn from them is that God wants our hearts to be fully surrendered to Him! “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2Chr 16:9).

Once God has our hearts, He can shape us and use us and show Himself strong through us! When we rely upon and trust in the Lord God Almighty, then the resource and awesome power of heaven and our resurrected Lord will do the impossible (Matt 19:26). He will give us much fruitfulness that remains (John 15:16).

The prophet Daniel revealed, “But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits” (Dan 11:32b). When we know God, He adds something to our lives that we cannot get from any other source: “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus(Acts 4:13).

It was not important how much education or knowledge the apostles had or did not have. What made the difference was that they had been with Jesus, they knew God, they were empowered by the Holy Spirit, they were fully submitted to Christ’s Lordship – and they turned the world upside down! (Acts 17:1-6).

Thus, when we are teaching and discipling the “Timothys” that God gives us, we must be careful to not just give them facts about God and His Word. We must instill God’s Word in a way that directs, urges and encourages them to a deeper hunger and relationship with the God Who formed them and Who desires to know them!

4) “HATE COVETOUSNESS” (Ex 18:21)

Among the qualifications for leadership that Jethro gave to Moses, “hating covetousness” is critical for church leaders and pastors to understand. Covetousness can destroy ministries, families, even churches. It can cause otherwise godly people to become imbalanced or even deceived, leading many astray with them.

Covetousness is a broad arena of human failure that is dealt with extensively in Scripture. God hates covetousness and has pronounced severe judgment upon it and those consumed by it (1Tim 6:3-10; 1Pet 2).

God is not opposed to wealth or physical possessions. But He is strongly opposed to the desire for gain becoming our priority. God has given us many blessings in this life to enjoy (1Tim 6:17). However, God is displeased when His provision and blessings become more important to us than Him or His work.