Elders and Deacons – 1 Timothy 3:1-16
“…you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.”
How we live makes a difference! Even though the bulk of this passage is written to pastors and elders, Paul moves on to suggest that this ought to inform the way all of us live.
Our lifestyles ought to be consistent with the knowledge that the Church is the pillar and foundation of the truth. As members of that household, every fiber of our being ought to reflect the Image of God which is being restored within us through the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Every member a minister!” While God appointed apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers; He did so for the purpose of preparing God’s people for works of service, in order to build up the Body of Christ (Eph. 4:11-12). In other words, each one of us has a ministry role within the Kingdom of God!
The things that we expect of our leaders (self-control, faithfulness, gentleness, respectable), we ought to exemplify ourselves. Each of us has been given the task of leading others to Christ, therefore the requirements of leadership fall squarely upon the shoulders of every Christian. Your lifestyle is a constant testimony to the Kingdom of God and to the Church.
A neverdying soul to save, and fit it for the sky.
To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill;
O may it all my pow’rs engage to do my Master’s will!
– Charles Wesley