1 Timothy 3:1-7, “This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Verse 7: “Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”
Good testimony among those who are outside. A pastor is truly known by what he is doing or has done in the past, just like others. Just like if someone gets a bad review, that is bad business and if a pastor gets bad testimony, it reflects poorly on them. We should want people to know us by good actions and not poor ones. That said, we cannot be perfect. We will make mistakes. The key is to avoid mistakes as much as possible and establish rapport.
Fall into reproach. Losing a congregation’s trust is the beginning of the end of a church. A pastor needs to make sure that he can be trusted. Disapproval means that people miss out on all that God has to offer. A pastor needs to be a leader. He needs to lead by example. He needs to rise above reproach.
Snare of the devil. The devil is tricky. He knows that if he can take down a pastor, he can take down a congregation. The trick is to avoid the snares of the devil so that the congregation is saved. With some much corruption and hate in the world, there needs to be a solace in the church. We need to keep the devil in his place and away from us. That is what it takes to be a pastor/overseer/bishop.
Thank You for another wonderful lesson. These last 7 days have truly been a blessing from You. I know that these are not my words but You guiding me. I pray that this information goes to the world and is heard. I pray this is shared for all to read. You are our God and You deserve all the credit.
In Your name we pray,