On the pages of the Sacred Scripture, preachers are identified as “men of God.” The phrase occurs around seventy times in the book of Jeremiah alone. On two separate occasions, Paul identifies his young protégé’, Timothy, as a man of God.
Preacher, there are a lot of things that people can take away from us. They can take away our income, they can take away our position, they can take away our opportunities, they can even take away our jobs. However, they can never take away our identity.
We hear a lot of people say, you’ve probably said it yourself, “Don’t ever forget whose you are!” It’s a profound thought, an encouraging thought, some of those life-giving words. It is also important for us to always remember WHO we are. And a part of our identity is that we are “men of God.”
When you’re struggling with financial concerns (you know, more month than you have money), when you or someone you love is in a battle for their life due to illness, when you are at war with your elders, when you feel like a co-worker isn’t doing right, when you keep losing little battles with Satan, and when you feel that you’ve been beaten down by life, when you’re thinking about throwing in the towel; please don’t forget your identity.
First, you are one of God’s children. He loves you deeply. He hurts when you hurt. He longs to be close to you. He will answer every care, every fear, ever tear, and every plea from your lips.
Second, another important part of your identity is that if you are a preacher, you are a “man of God.” He has a special place in His heart for you. He loves you in a special way. You have made a commitment to Him and He will never forget His promises, His commitment, or His love for you! Man of God, don’t forget who you are!!