“Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.” 1 Timothy 3:2-3
When it comes to earthly fathers, I have been truly blessed. My father has modeled for me what integrity truly looks like, and he has taught me many important life lessons. One of the greatest life lessons my dad taught me is the importance of hiring quality people. In his many years of owning his own businesses he would constantly talk to us about the importance of a good team, and the right people in the right positions. Over the years this has played out time and time again, when the right people are hired for the right positions, the business takes care of itself. Likewise, when the wrong person is placed in the wrong position, there are problems. This lessons carries over to the church pretty well, in fact, I would say that it was a church practice before it became a business practice.
We need quality people serving in leadership positions. Especially church elders. Men who are above reproach. That there isn’t skeletons hiding in their closets, rather they are standing before God no longer condemned but righteous by the blood of Christ. We need faithful men, men who don’t just lose their temper when issues arise. We need men who are respected and are willing to share life with others, even in their homes. We need men who are able to teach the Word of God and yet still be teachable. We need men who are filled with the Spirit and not the cheap imitation of alcohol. We need men who are gentle and willing to turn the other cheek as Jesus instructs. We need men who are more in love with Jesus than they are with their money or possessions because you cannot serve two masters. In other words, we need Jesus men.
Putting it into Practice
When looking at the qualifications to fill the role of elder within the church, which area or areas strike your spirit as something you may need to let the Lord work on you in?
Our Father in Heaven, today we thank you for the men whom you have called to serve our church here at FlightPath as elders. We ask Lord Jesus that you will continue to draw them closer to you and fill them with your spirit. Lord we ask that you will guard them, guide them, and protect them from the enemies attacks. We pray that you will continue to raise up quality men of faith to lead this church. It’s in Jesus precious name we pray, Amen.