he must manage his own household well

“He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” 1 Timothy 3:4-5 (ESV)

Following on from yesterday’s Bible verses, Paul goes on to list in detail specifically how he expects godly leaders to behave.

The one that strikes me as particularly interesting and challenging is the call to manage our own household.

It makes sense. But it’s no easy thing. Especially when our own household involves teenagers, each with a mind of their own.

But perhaps we should look first to own behaviour before we point the finger at our children. After all, they learn a lot of their behaviour from us, like it or not.

The way we talk. The way we pray. The way we read the Bible. The way we help others. The way we bear witness.

The list is endless.

But if we want them to grow up into Christians with a firm faith and a heart that is passionate for God’s Kingdom then we need to live like that first and foremost, trusting God that He will give us the strength and the humility to discipline our children (Ephesians 6:4) as He disciplines us. (Hebrews 12:11)

In love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)

Kim+

prayer : that I would live boldly for my Lord

action : pray with my children once a day (when possible)

therefore an overseer must be above reproach

“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach,” 1 Timothy 3:1-2a(ESV)

It’s no small thing to be a leader. It’s a great responsibility that needs to be taken very seriously.

All too often it’s seen as an opportunity to exercise power and influence. And this is certainly an important element of the role.

But it should not be done for selfish reasons.

Instead, as we see in Philippians 2:7, our example should be like that of Christ Jesus who chose to be a “servant King”. Not what one would expect from the creator of the universe.

And like Jesus, we should aim to lead a godly life.

Why? Not because we are saved through the keeping of rules and regulations. Because we’re not. It is only the blood of Jesus that can wash us clean.

Rather, as a leader within His body, His church, we are called to set an example. Both to other members of His body as well as to those outside the church.

It is the ultimate witness. As our actions speak so much louder than mere words. (James 1:22f)

Kim+

prayer : whether in the role of a leader or a follower I would strive to act in such a way that is above reproach

action : look at setting my goals this month with this in mind