What type of person do you think would be a good messenger or disciple of God to spread God’s teachings? Today we see many young ministers and evangelists that attract thousands of people. But are these the individuals that God wants to spread the teachings? The following verses are from our sacred book describing the attributes of an ideal messenger.
Step by step, I shall nurture trees, starting with aged ones,
and assemble them in preparation for the future. 7-19
Day by day, as the intent of God is deep,
two or three trees will be found even at one place. 7-20
Of these trees, I do not say whether male or female pine.
God has intentions for any tree. 7-21
In our religion, a disciple is often referred to as a tree. Verse 7-19 says that God will train the elderly to spread the teachings.
Verse 7-21 states that God has no preference on the sex of the disciple.
In summary, God prefers the mature older individual of any gender as his disciple. Why the older individual? Besides the obvious more experiences, in many cultures, the elderly are more respected then their younger counterpart. In politics, it is not uncommon to see leaders of countries that are in their seventh decade. It is this maturity of mind, the open minded, and leadership qualities that God desires in his disciples.