1 Timothy 3:1-13
1 This saying is trustworthy: “If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work.” 2 An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not an excessive drinker, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy. 4 He must manage his own household competently and have his children under control with all dignity. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and incur the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the devil’s trap. 8 Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money, 9 holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons. 11 Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything. 12 Deacons are to be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently. 13 For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. — 1 Timothy 3:1-13
A Noble Calling
by Tiffany McCullough
Growing up, and still to this day, my dad always said to me, “Tiffany, this is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Remember WHO you belong to, darling.” I’ll admit through my teenage years I might have rolled my eyes a time or two as I heard it for the millionth time. But now that I’ve turned forty a couple weeks ago, I cherish each time my dad says this to me before we hang up, as it has become more meaningful to me through the years.
Today’s passage in 1 Timothy reminds me of the way my mother and father lived their daily lives as an example of Christlikeness. They made mistakes, like we all do, yet they continually strived to teach their children the importance of self-control and respect, of being teachable in spirit, competent, trustworthy, gentle and faithful. As I’m writing this, it is the 25th anniversary of my mom passing away after a fierce battle with cancer. How incredible that so many years later, the principles and standards set for us in 1 Timothy are still so firm in my heart and my mind, largely due to her unwavering faithfulness to exemplify these for each of her children.
Whether we are serving in ministry, in the workplace, in an educational setting, or in our homes, Jesus has called us to live in such a manner that we are mindful of our noble calling. I believe it is crucial to daily ask God to clothe us with these attributes, as we may be the very first example of the “hands and feet of Jesus” to someone today.
Wherever God has placed you, in each of those pockets of influence you have throughout the week, remember yours is a noble calling. Whether we serve in a church, home, school, hospital, or corporation, it is our ministry and our mission field. Ask God to equip you with exactly what you need to complete His work throughout your day. Then, perhaps the most challenging task, we must each BELIEVE He will do it! He goes before us faithfully until we meet Him in glory one day! What a day that will be....
- What are the qualities you need to work on and make a priority this week? Have you stopped and asked the Lord for His help?
- How do you exemplify the things addressed in today’s passage where you live, work and play?
- Have you stopped recently to think about those you influence as you lead, minister and serve? What are your actions, your speech and your attitudes showing/teaching them?
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