Wednesday, June 8 – 1 Timothy 3:8-9
Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not insincere, not prone to drink much wine, not greedy for money, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
There are certain qualities we expect in a leader. We know there is something about being a leader that requires extra responsibility in things like integrity, hard work, and honesty. When Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, he told him about the standards for the servant-leadership role of deacon. This role was more than a committee to decide the proceedings of the church; it was a position of service that intended to practically serve and love others. Just as we have expectations for leadership in other areas of our lives, God takes the leadership of His church seriously. You may have been hurt by a Christian who acted hypocritically or in another way that was not Christlike, but when we look at God’s Word, we see that this is not how the church is intended to be. Those in the church are to act as Jesus’s hands and feet as the visible representation of who He is to the world. If you are a follower of Jesus, this includes you.
You were made for more than coasting through your faith. He has given you special gifts and abilities to use for His glory. This is a high calling that goes beyond what you do for God to living in Him and according to His direction. He has designed you for life with Him, and when you hold onto the mystery of faith according to His strength, He can use you for His purpose and mold you into His image to share who He is with the world.
- What are some ways a servant like this stands out in the world today?
- What does it mean to “coast” in your faith? Have you ever had a season like that?
- Pray and ask God to keep you mindful of the example of faith you are to those around you.