Vs. 14, “…I am writing you these instructions so that…” The church is an organism, a living and growing body united to Christ and the church is also an organization. In fact, every organism has to be organized or it will die. The human body is a living organism, but it is also a highly organized machine. If the local church is to do its task effectively, it must have leadership and that also means organization. Vs. 1, “Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.” We are like sheep, we need shepherds to watch over us, protect us, and lead us. It is our Godly duty to pray for your spiritual leaders that they might more and more be what God wants them to be.
Regarding application…Living Above Reproach. Vs. 2, “Now the overseer must be above reproach…” This does not mean that leaders must be sinless…rather, it means that leaders must live in a way that the enemy cannot find a foothold on them. We see the importance of living in a way that people are not going to be hindered. But, I believe this doesn’t just apply for just Pastors, teachers, etc….this applies to those who take on a leadership role in the church…this also applies to student leaders. And if leaders struggle, than it is our responsibility to pray fro them…and their responsibility to be accountable! This is not about legalism…this is about doing our best to live in a way that can lead others to Christ! We live in this way because Christ did it for us…and now Christ lives in us. We live in such a way so that Christ, vs. 16, “He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” can be truly displayed in this world! Let’s point this world to Christ by the way we live!