Today you should read: 1 Timothy 3:1-13
Let us focus on character…
Elder, Shepherd, Overseer (discussed in verses 1-7)... These three words seem to be used interchangeably in the Bible. This is where we see the general qualifications for pastors and elders, in addition to Titus 1:5-9.
Deacon (discussed in verses 8-13)… This word seems to have the translation of “one who serves,” so as to refer to servant-leaders. This is where we see the general qualifications for deacons.
In looking at this, some want to debate what each qualification means, how these offices are appointed, and what the roles are. All of these items are not bad to seek to understand. But…what I want us to notice today is simply this:
Mostly all of these qualifications deal with one’s lifestyle and character, not with the assigned tasks.
No one can meet up to perfection…in any of these areas. And, no one is better than another. The only TRUE qualification anyone has is from the Lord Jesus who qualifies us by grace through His blood.
But with these qualifications in place for leaders of the church, I would think these “standards of character” would be good for everyone to seek to fulfill…whether you lead in an “official” church office or not.
So, today, let’s not only look at these in light of elders and deacons, let’s look at them in light of Christians. There is a reason that these are required for those who lead God’s house. They seem to be “higher” standards of character. And it would seem good that all of us strive for the highest standard of character possible, in light of the gospel.
So how do you measure up? What areas do you need to work on? Make a list, pick one or two, work on them, and move on to a few more. Not so you can become “an elder” necessarily, but so that you can honor God with your character.
It would seem, from this passage, that our skills for tasks would FLOW FROM what is of more importance…our godly character.
Posted by:Sam Cirrincione