Yesterday we had our VictoryKids semi-annual leadership meeting. We reviewed the Scripture in 1 Timothy for the qualification of overseers and deacons, which I translate to the qualifications of a Christian leader. When I first read the qualifications, I thought, “I’ll never be this. I’m never going to make this mark.” Blameless? How am I ever going to be blameless?! My spirit was prompted by the Holy Spirit then that these words were not meant for condemnation and exasperation, but rather for conviction and exhortation towards growth.
Two of these qualifications really jumped off the page for me for areas of growth for the Church and myself.
- Don’t be a slanderer. Okay so we don’t really use the word slanderer in 2017. However, do we gossip? Do we criticize our leadership? Absolutely. As leaders, we need to lead with our words and attitudes. We need to be quick to show grace and slow to complain.
- Respectable. How does one become respectable? That’s not going to happen over night. The process is slow and arduous and requires us to be faithful in little, tedious tasks before we’re trusted with ‘nobler’ tasks. Through daily faithfulness to God’s Word, we will slowly grow and change – and awhile after that, we become respectable to others.
1 Timothy 3:1-13 – English Standard Version (ESV)
Qualifications for Overseers
3 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
Qualifications for Deacons
8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.