Paul continues his written exhortation to Timothy, his appointed overseer of the Corinthian church they has planted together, on their second missionary journey through the region, around A.D. 52.
Timothy required edification and instruction from Paul, because of much turmoil there and the great responsibility associated with church leadership, with the appointing of deacons and bishops, and God’s expectations for them and their lives.
“8 Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, 9 holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.” (1 Timothy 3:8-9)
Paul reveals the will of God for deacons, those among the church entrusted with the managing aspect of the church, as well as the care for the poor, the orphans and widows. Deacons should be penitent and submissive to God, honest and sober, not enslaved to alcohol or other drug. Church deacons should be known for their generous giving and Christ like character.
“10 But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless.” (1 Timothy 3:10)
Deacons, very much like bishops who oversee the whole church should be found without blame, of a proven, tested heart whose faith allowed them to rule over life’s challenges as they endeavor to become example christianity.
“11 Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.” (1 Timothy 3:11-12)
Just as he addressed God’s expectations for bishops’ wives and families, Paul calls on Timothy to ensure church deacons were mature, married men blessed with honorable, respectful, faithful wives submissive to their husbands as onto the Lord. Both should have an established record of success in their own homes, ruling over obedient children.
“13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 3:13)
Paul commands those deacons who already have served faithfully under bishops, that they would continue their work for God’s glory as leaders of His church. Deacons are promised rewards according to their deeds and sacrifices in the holy name of Jesus Christ, Yeshua, the only begotten son of our mighty, divine creator. Let us pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Paul,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre