Timothy and Titus Training 101
Leadership Principle #3: Integrity
Who do you trust? Who would you follow? Who do you go to for advice and help? Like me, you probably seek out people who are consistently real, not perfect and knows it, has wisdom without judgement, confronts with care and loves like Jesus loves…without condition. You look for those who lay aside their own interests for the interests of others well being. They are not necessarily rich monetarily, but are content with what they have.
They “walk the talk”, living out what God’s Word says and live a blessed life in spite of circumstances beyond their control. They consistently do the right thing, even when it hurts. They seem to have a consistent communication with God and look for direction from the Holy Spirit when making decisions. They take a stand for God and don’t waver from Jesus’ teachings. This is called integrity of faith. Integrity, built through experience, is tested over the course of time. Their first thought in the morning is love for God and love for others.
Paul gives Timothy the perimeters for principled people to seek to help lead AND serve in God’s church.
1-7 If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.
8-13 The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. No exceptions are to be made for women—same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. Those who do this servant work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith.
What do we learn?
–Integrity is tested over time leading to consistency of wisdom, insight and understanding.
–Integrity is highly sought after and honored.
–Integrity comes from a heart motivated by God’s Holy Spirit to lead and help others know Him more and more.
–Integrity is highly respected in our faith in Jesus. Jesus honors integrity for HE knows our hearts.
Dear Heavenly Father, In this world of fake, flattery and fraud, it is refreshing to find a person of integrity to love and lead well. May we mature to be all You intended for us to be and do in our families, in Your church and in the world of darkness. May we reflect Your powerful light of love and Truth.
In Jesus Name, Amen