1 This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position.”2 So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. 3 He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. 4 He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. 5 For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?–1 Timothy 3:1-5 (NLT)
God is waiting to show you the way.
Although Paul specifically gives these characteristics for the elders (deacons, Church board members), they could just as well apply to any position of leadership or authority in the church, home or workplace. We each must pursue a lifestyle that is pleasing to the Lord. Unbelievers are watching us daily to see how we respond to situations. Are we controlling our emotions and desires? Are we showing love to God and to our neighbors? Are we teaching our families the value of living a Christian lifestyle? Jesus said that if we are faithful in the little things, He will promote us to be in charge of greater things. How are we measuring up?