2010-02-01 - The Good, the Bad, and the Godly
Parental Lessons from an Elder
He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (Verse 4 NIV)
Not just any man can fill the shoes of an elder. To be God's servant one must have certain qualities and characteristics. Being a church leader is a noble profession and an honorary ambition and needs a person of good character. The possible candidate has to believe in monogamy and practice it. He should have one wife, have a good reputation, and be in sound financial standing. He must be open to guests visiting his home, have a well-behaved family, and be a good Bible teacher. If a man cannot rule his household well, how could he govern the church? The candidate should be self-controlled, respected, and friendly. A leader should not be quarrelsome, a heavy drinker, or greedy.
He has to follow in the ways of Christ and not be a recent convert to the Christian faith. Other traits include hard working, neat, thoughtful, and courteous to others. People within the church family and outside should also speak highly of him.
Being a church leader is a respectful post for the church is the foundation of Godly truth. To be an elder or a deacon takes a special type of person. He needs to be a dedicated and responsible individual ready and willing to take on the role and all the responsibility that comes with it.
Lord, Thank You for leaving us instructions through Your inspired word, the Bible. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.