B-Side - John 20:24 - 21:19
We tend to try to hide our sin, even from God. But just as Jesus was fully aware of Thomas's skepticism, He is aware of our shortcomings as well. There is forgiveness for all who ask for it and believe, even for Peter after denying Him three times, and loving himself more than he loved Jesus.
The main qualification of serving and following Jesus is love, not intellect. With the love of Christ, a pastor is to feed God's people the Word, that they may grow and mature in Him. Though a lot of this work is spent alone, in Bible study and sermon preparation, it's also vital to spend time among the people, knowing them and being available to them. This example is meant for the rest of us, too!