Anglican Daily Fountain 3 November 2023 (Devotional Today)
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TOPIC: YOU MUST BE A TRUE CHRISTIAN LEADER
TEXT: 1 Timothy3:1-21(KJV)
3:1. This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
3:2. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3:3. Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
3:4. One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
3:5. (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
3:6. Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
3:7. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
3:8. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
3:9. Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
3:10. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
3:11. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
3:12. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
3:13. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
3:14. These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
3:15. But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
3:16. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Anglican Daily Fountain 3rd November 2023 STUDY:
A leader is anyone in position of influence or authority. Whoever has the privilege of bearing responsibility for at least another person, is a leader. Our passage today brings out clearly the basic features which must not be lacking if leadership in Christendom must be what it should be. A true Christian leader at any level must possess the following qualities: He must be blameless, must be a monogamist; one who rules his house well; he must be above reproach and embrace sound Christian morals and dispositions (vv.1-7).
Dear reader, God looks at you as a leader and you cannot let Him down. You are a leader in your own right. You may think that your sphere of leadership is insignificant but you cannot underestimate what the Lord can achieve with you for His Kingdom, in your ‘small arena.’ Therefore, you have to strive to make yourself a responsible and dependable leader in the light of God’s message to you today. You cannot influence your world for the Lord if you constantly struggle with the basic Christian character as enumerated in our text today.
PRAYER: You need to pray for more grace to stand better for the Lord each day.