From 1 Timothy 3:8-13
Yesterday’s devotion talked about the office of overseer, and I remarked that I haven’t been to a church with that title. The title of deacon, the subject of today’s verses, and this is a title that is used in many churches today with a variety of definitions. Probably the best way to understand the role as Timothy would have understood it is simply as someone to assist the pastors in the congregation especially in caring for those in need and taking care of the place of worship.
The standards for behavior are similar for the deacons, even if they do have a more limited role. This makes sense, because anyone in a position of authority or leadership within the church will potentially be looked at as an example. For people outside the church, it is natural to look at leaders in the church to get a sense of what it means to be a Christian. For people inside the church, it is natural to look at leaders in the church as role models. It’s very similar to how we might evaluate any other organization, you don’t look at the intern, you look at the CEO. This means that, if you want to be a leader in your church, you should live up to that title. And if you aren’t currently living up to the way that Christ has called you to live, that’s okay – you can (and should) always continue to grow; however, until you can be a faithful role model for others, you maybe shouldn’t step into positions of leadership.
Focus on God
We are reminded in these verses that God graciously sets expectations for the quality of those who lead His people.
Function in Our Lives
We are encouraged to live as examples of the faith as much as we possibly can.
Topics to Pray About
- Thank God for the wisdom in His Word.
- Confess to God the times where you don’t live according to what you believe.
- Ask God to bless the people He has given authority in this world with wisdom and righteousness.
In His Service,