This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder,[a] he desires an honorable position.” 2 So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife.[b] He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. 3 He must not be a heavy drinker[c] or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. 4 He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. 5 For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?
6 An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.[d] 7 Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap. ~ 1Timothy 3:1-7
I cannot tell you the importance of this scripture. It is not in here just to sound good but to help the body of Christ be all it should be. I can tell you story after story of men and woman who have had hidden issues in their lives, hoping to conquer it after entering into full time ministry and they end up falling into the devil’s trap. And as for me I was the worst of them all.
Is it possible to live without any of these issues in our lives? YES and a million times I say YES again. I used to sit on a board that over saw all the pastor’s in our district, and reviewed and interviewed EVERY single new pastor coming into ministry. I can tell you that every single pastor that has fallen is due to one of these issues in their life that they kept hidden, it even goes as far to say “manage your family” and that the people of your community must speak well of you. WHY?
Being a pastor/elder is a great honor and a great responsibility as you are charged with the responsibility of hundreds of people…. when a pastor falls if affects all those in your care, their families, neighbors, friends, and scores of more we do not even know about. The devil knows this and his job/goal is to KILL and DESTROY you and everyone connected to you.
The only way to live in this life is being CLEAN before God and before MAN — nothing is hidden from him even though we may hide it from the world. Sooner or later it will be exposed!! Rest in Him — Live in Him – WE MUST LIVE IN THIS VERSE DAILY —
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. ~Hebrews 4:12
The body of Crist (the church) need men and women who are real, clean and can lead others in the same place. RESTING IN THE LORD!!
Now go out and have an EPIC day today