Set my heart, O Lord, to stretch myself today and reach out my hand to Your people. In Jesus Name I pray this. Amen.
Read 1 Timothy 3: 1-7...Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
(NIV Zondervan, 1983).
Oh! This is a section of scripture that could be a whole weeks worth of study. Here Paul is reminding Timothy that some are called to be overseers. To “set ones heart” means to stretch oneself … to reach out one’s hand. Being an overseer is a big responsibility and comes with a list of qualities and characters necessary to do God’s work.Read over the scripture again and list what are the responsibilities. In our Church, we call the overseers, Elders.
Great God, may I always depend upon You for everything in my life. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.