Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Called for Divine Ministry


Jessie Samuel
St. Andrews MTC, NY 
Verse 1: “Here is a trustworthy saying” If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task”.

 Do you want to be a leader in your church? This is the perfect passage for you! To be a church leader is a heavy responsibility. It is great to want to be a spiritual leader, but Paul sets the standards pretty high. He lists some of the qualifications here.

 In my opinion, church leaders should not be elected because they are popular, nor should they be allowed to push their way to the top. Instead, I believe they should be chosen by the church because of their search for the truth, both in what they believe and in how they live.

 All believers, even if they never plan to be church leaders, should strive to follow these guidelines because they are consistent with  God's teachings. For example, some people are “able to teach” who never teach or lead at church. They become mentors, in their own way, of spiritual truth. More is learned through living than through lectures. If we have been able to communicate our faith clearly to another person, we have demonstrated teaching at its best.

 Do you hold a position of spiritual leadership?  Would you like to be a leader some day? Check yourself against Paul’s standard. I pray that we find strength in our abilities to lead in our own churches!


PRAYER


“Dear Lord, we thank You for the gift of leadership. We ask that You lead in every aspect of our lives. In Your name we pray, Amen.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25.