“This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.” 1 Timothy 3:1 NLT
In J.Oswald Sanders book, Spiritual Leadership, he talks about our verse for the day. In the book Sanders brings up the idea that to desire to be a church leader it’s a good thing. But we need to understand that a church leader back then was basically like putting your name up for the chopping block. Here I am, come and murder me first! Of course it would be an honorable work. But that is the call of all great leaders of the faith. Jesus’ modeled this for us first. He bent low and washed his disciples feet. Jesus is the example of what it means to be a servant leader, ultimately laying down his life for us on the cross. Of course today, men and women most of the time do not want positions of leadership because this will give them greater opportunities to serve, rather it affords them certain privileges. Let us make sure we guard our hearts as we seek after positions of leadership within the church.
Putting it into Practice
Have you ever experienced anyone seeking out or serving in positions of church leadership not for how they could serve, but for the benefits, prestige and privileges that the positions offered to them? What about the opposite, have you noticed people stepping into positions of leadership, not for what they can get out of it, but for how they can serve Jesus more fully in it? What about you? Where is your heart when it comes to desiring positions of leadership?
Lord, may our church leaders recognize that the honorable work to which you have called them is to be servants of the people you have entrusted to their care. May their service to you in those positions be a blessing to their people as well as to you. God we ask that you will continue to raise up men who are not only qualified for church leadership, but also called. Called to give and live like Jesus. It is in His precious name we pray, Amen.