Wednesday, February 7 – Titus 1:7
For the overseer must be beyond reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not overindulging in wine, not a bully, not greedy for money.
What are some qualities you look for in a leader? Many of us look for charisma, a good speaker, or a hard worker. These qualities are good but do not always reveal the heart of the leader. All the qualities Paul listed require a heart that is changed by God. A good leader is driven by God’s heart, not their desires. A good leader is patient, level-headed, calm, gracious, and content. These things are not easy to measure externally. Paul encouraged the church to examine the heart because a leader is supposed to be God’s steward, one who is managing what God has given them well. Passages like 1 Samuel 16:7 remind us that while man looks at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart. Therefore, the best leader according to God is the one with the best heart.
We often shy away from heart-work because it’s typically harder, more time-consuming, and less based on results. This call of living “beyond reproach” is intimidating but God equips His people to do it. If you are a follower of Jesus, you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you, ready to direct you and equip you for His work. Seek God in the heart work He does in you and ask Him to do the same for the elders and other leaders who serve our church.
- What are the qualities you naturally look for in a leader? Why?
- Who is one leader in the faith you deeply respect? Why? How might you follow his or her example?
- Pray for a leader who has made an impact on your relationship with God.