1 Timothy 3:1-7
Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
When overseeing something or someone, we expect that that person knows what they are doing. The expectation is that they have experience. Would an NBA team hire a coach with no experience in basketball? Would a growing business hire a president who has no experience in the product that they are trying to sell? The answer to these questions is no. We want someone who has been around the game or around the product long enough to know what he or she is talking about. We want someone who will be a leader.
How does this apply to God’s Word, specifically to 1 Timothy 3? We hear that raising a family is similar to helping others grow in the church. A person must stand strong in what they believe in, so that they can help others to a better place.
This does not mean that we are perfect. We are not. But we still need to lead. God has called each one of us to make disciples. As Christians, we are part of something big. It’s not something that we want to hide or keep to ourselves.
As children, we easily believed what other people said. Adults aren’t as quick to follow blindly. We ask questions. Whether building a house, starting a new job, marriage, investing, starting a new workout program, or even choosing the best place to eat out with friends, we want the facts.
The fact about faith is simple. We are loved in Christ. The cross is the proof. God called us to be leaders to others. This can be in your home and in church. What you say and how you act, all help others. Your lifestyle is a testimony for Christ.
God is no longer here physically anymore. He left us to use our gifts and talents to help lead others to him. What a blessing it is that we get to be part of something eternal! We want everyone in heaven with us. So, let’s take the lead in whatever role God has placed us.
Christian Worship 239
Glory Be to God the Father
Glory be to him who loved us,
Washed us from each spot and stain;
Glory be to him who bought us,
Made us Kings with him to reign!
Glory, glory to the Lamb that once was slain!
Dear God, Thank you for sending your Son to this earth. Help each one of us to be leaders for your people. Help us to not stray from the path that you have given us. Let us be an example for others so that your church can grow. In Jesus, Amen.
1 Timothy 3:1-7
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