1 Timothy 3:1, sets before us the role of leadership within the family structure God has put into place.
1 Timothy 3:1 This is a trustworthy saying: "If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position."
Leadership within the family is one that has at its core service. Jesus defined leadership as servant-leadership.
Matthew 20:22-28 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Jesus went so far as to demonstrate what this leadership looks like as He laid himself on the cross, died for us, and raised from the dead to erase all the consequences of sin in our lives. His definition of leadership is wrapped up in Agape, loving first and for most all that God loves. Servant-leadership is most about helping others come to know the love, grace, and mercy of our King who leads us into all of God’s glory through the power of His Holy Spirit, living in and through us.
An honorable and humbling position indeed. Throughout my walk as a pastor, I have made many mistakes and I am pretty sure more are to come. I have no desire to make mistakes and yet, I do. This is where I find strength and perseverance, knowing that in spite of my weaknesses, Christ Jesus my Lord is stronger, mightier, and more loving, and it is through His presence that the mistakes are turned into good.
Romans 8:28-30 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
God, through Christ Jesus, by the ever present, Holy Spirit takes our blunders and makes them right. Thank you for your patience and support as God continues to mold me into the man (pastor), He has called me to be. I am blessed to have you along side me through the journey.
May you experience God in real, personal, and practical ways as we navigate through this time of distancing ourselves from one another. Love you all.