These were Pauls instructions to Timothyfather to adopted son, preacher to preacher, mentor to trainee. From the beginning, it was difficult to be a godly man who deeply cared about God, Gods people, and be an elder. Elders were humans who made mistakes. They, too, lived with temptation. They, too, could be victims of bias.
Little has changed. Members expectations often exceed an elders time or training. Situations increasingly are complex. Demands are relentless. Critics rarely have the information elders have. What appears to be simple is never simple. In crisis moments, elders frequently are in no win situations they did not produce. While caring, they can be accused of not caring. They protect confidences as if no confidences exist. Also:
So why would any man agree to be an elder? For the same reason a godly person agrees to be a deacon, a business management team participant, a leader of a program, a teacher, or an involved member. (1) They love God. (2) They love people. (3) They understand Gods purposes are bigger than the physical realities of right now. (4) They seek to use their gifts to serve God rather than themselves.
If Christians are to benefit from selfless, capable leadership, we consciously need to produce the joys of leading rather than the pain of discontentment. Respond to godly leadership. Get involved. Have a servant heart rather than a controllers mind. May godly people never decline leadership because of unnecessary heartache.
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