- 1 Timothy 3:1-3: Characteristics of a Leader
- Good Traits to Have
- Bad Traits to Have
- 1 Timothy 3:4-7: Pride & Rapport
- References and Footnotes
- Other Pages to View
This is a continuation of a study I'm doing on "Dealing with the Devil," based on a 30 day scripture plan I found by The Ruffled Mango.
In this post, I'm covering days 19 and 20—we're going to look at:
1 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
1 Timothy 3:1-3: Characteristics of a Leader
This passage defines the traits of a "bishop" (KJV) or "overseerer" (NASB), which is simply put, a leader. These traits are echoed in Titus 1:7-9.
Though this passage is likely referring to leadership within the church, it is fitting for all areas of our life. We should be exemplifying this definition of leadership in every aspect of our lives. Remember, just because you are not officially a leader, it doesn't mean someone isn't looking up to you as a leader!
Good Traits to Have
- Sober (Sober-Minded)
- Good Behavior
Bad Traits to Have
4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
1 Timothy 3:4-7: Pride & Rapport
In the next part of the passage, 2 major things are called out as being behind the fall of a good leader: pride and ill rapport with the poor.
One thing I'd like to call attention to is the statement that a leader should not be a novice. In most organizations I've been in, the president of the organization is required to have been in the organization for some period of time and to have held a position within the executive board (e.g., Vice-President, Treasurer, or Secretary) prior to becoming president. It is unwise to have someone who doesn't understand the process, the history, or the mission, in a position of power.
Knowing this, it also makes sense that the fist test of leadership is your own life and family. Note, that is not to say that if your family does not fit the perfect image that you are a bad person or even that you are a bad leader, however it does mean that perhaps you time should be spent with your family instead. I've often wondered if the reason preacher's children have a reputation for acting out is because they are seeking attention from a parent who gives all their attention to the church. Sometimes we are capable of providing the necessary attention and dedication to both, but sometimes we are not. In the latter case, it's ok to take a break or to step down to focus on family.
This passage teaches us about the importance of leadership. The reason it is important to follow God's outline of leadership and to elect Godly leaders is because this is the easiest way for the devil to "take over." If Satan can cause one leader to fall, he can wrestle many souls from God. A perfect example of this is all the heinous crimes committed by so-called leaders of the church, such as the pedophila scandal in Catholicism (as well as the less talked about scandals in Protestant Churches), that turns people away from God.
We each have a responsibility to hold our leaders to this definition of leadership and to be leaders by this definition.
References and Footnotes
- "June Scripture Writing Plan". The Ruffled Mango; visited October 4, 2020
- "Strong's G1985. ἐπίσκοπος". Blue Letter Bible; visited November 7, 2020
- "Strong's G4131. πλήκτης". Blue Letter Bible; visited November 7, 2020
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