24th October 2012

Desire The Office Of A Bishop

“This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.”
I Timothy 3:1 (KJV)

A desire to enter ministry or serve in church is seen as a good thing. And, although anyone can aspire to it as Peter tells us in Acts 10:34, God is not a respecter of persons. God does lay down a pretty stringent set of guidelines to be found in a person put forward to lead and guide His people.  In fact, it would do us all well to use these guidelines as a personal measuring stick, so to speak.

Blameless; good behaviour; accessible; hospitable; not money-hungry; not a brawler; not covetous; able to handle own affairs well; not a new believer.  There’s plenty more but Timothy goes on to say in verse 5 (MSG), “For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church?”  There is a similar warning about not using “a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up.” (verse 6)

Later on Timothy goes on to say that even serving in the Church has conditions: “They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first.” (verse 10)  Timothy doesn’t exclude women, exhorting us not to be sharp-tongued (MSG) nor slanderers (KJV).

It’s all there – a desire to serve God requires a certain behaviour – which will develop as we grow closer to God by following His Son.

Loving Father, thank You for giving us these insights into how Your mind works and how Your household ought to be, a bastion of truth. Help us to realise that through our humility You can use us to do great things. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Jackee Brown

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