“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.” 1 Timothy 3:4
Family structures are as important today as they were when this letter to Timothy was written. Scripture teaches us that the basic family unit is the union of a man and a woman for life (Matthew 19:1-12, 1 Cor. 7:32-35). It is in this basic family unit where men are challenged to lead and manage their families well. They are given the authority and therefore the accountability to lead their family. It is in this family structure where men are challenged to lay down their lives for their wife. Where they are challenged to model what life following Jesus looks like to their children. Where they are challenged to be the spiritual leader in the home. It’s this family structure that gives them the opportunity to teach his children about obedience, not only to them, but also to the Lord. And it is in this family unit where he will be judged on whether or not he should be a leader within the church. Does this then rule out those whom are unmarried? Certainly not. Paul was unmarried and yet he was an apostle. Paul is challenging those who are married and who do have children that they should manage their families well, because if you cannot manage the affairs of your small family, how on earth you could manage the affairs of the church family?
Putting it into Practice
What are your thoughts and views about the nuclear family? Do you believe that it is still as important today as it was back in the days of Christ?
Father, today we lift up the marriages and the families within our church. We ask that you will surround them with a hedge of protection from the attacks of the evil one. We pray for opportunities for our men to take the reins of spiritual leadership and manage their homes well. In Jesus Name, Amen.