Bible Study & Devotional 291
Guiding Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1 ‘Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.’
written by: Torrie Slaughter
Robert Barclay wrote, “According to the Scriptures, the Spirit is the first and principal Leader.”
The Apostle Paul provided a list of qualifications emphasizing the character of the leaders. These characteristics from 1 Timothy 3:2-4 included:
- To be above reproach.
- Faithful to their spouse.
- Able to Teach.
- Not Greedy.
- Manage their family well.
If we notice one thing about the Apostle Paul’s list, these are qualifications, not duties. Paul’s instruction was as much an internal transformation as it was an outward manifestation. He wrote in Romans 12:2 for Christ-followers to embrace the renewal of their minds.
It takes complete submission, followed by practice, to become the person Christ desires. We are uniquely loved by God, which means there is no competition or comparison.
I hope we will consider the context of Paul’s epistle to Timothy and why it is essential today. Our character and follow-through are integral. We have a responsibility to show ourselves as ambassadors of Christ. We won’t need to ‘act’ because we will know how to ‘do.’
Father, your Word reminds us to keep watch over ourselves because the Holy Spirit allows us to govern one another. Please help us be shepherds of those you entrust to us, not allowing fear to control our minds. Thank you, Lord, for your provisions and blessings. Amen
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This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name.