April 11th, 2007
When you first get a job in or become a member of a reasonably large organisation, you typically don’t think too much about the jobs that people in positions of leadership have to do. I used to think that a leadership job probably had pretty much the same sorts of challenges and rewards as any other job, but with more power and higher pay. All you had to do was make good decisions, tell people what to do, and fire them if they got too far out of line. It was the sort of job that anyone could do. That was until I started taking on leadership responsibilities. It suddenly all seemed a lot more complicated.
Paul’s First Letter to Timothy — Chapter 3
3:1 It is true to say that anyone who hopes to become a leader wants a good thing. 3:2 The leader must be beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, thoughtful, hospitable, good at teaching, 3:3 not a heavy drinker, not violent, but gentle, not argumentative, not greedy for money. 3:4 He must be someone who manages his own house well, with children who are obedient and respectful, 3:5 because if a man does not know how to manage his own house, how will he take care of God’s church? 3:6 He should not be a new convert, in case he becomes arrogant and falls into the devil’s damnation. 3:7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not be discredited and trapped by the devil.
3:8 Church officers must also be respectable people, not pretenders, not heavy drinkers, not greedy for money, 3:9 committed to the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. 3:10 They should first prove themselves, then be allowed to serve if they are beyond reproach. 3:11 Women should also be respectable, not gossipers, self-controlled and faithful in everything. 3:12 Church officers must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own houses well. 3:13 Those who have served well earn for themselves a good reputation and increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.
3:14 I am writing these things to you in the hope that I can visit you soon, 3:15 but if I have to wait some time, I want you to know how people should conduct themselves in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and stronghold of the truth. 3:16 The mystery of godliness is undeniably great: He was embodied in flesh, justified in spirit, seen by angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed in throughout the world, and taken up in glory.
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