“A Call From God”
Please read the following verses.
1 Timothy 3:1-7
1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)
6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
All of the translations I read these verses in, has the idea if someone wants to be an elder, perhaps today we might say pastor and then gives a list of qualifications to be followed.
This list of qualifications does not come to us easily.
As a pastor, I need the Lord’s help, we all need the Lord’s help.
I did not desire or have my heart set on being a pastor.
I had a very clear call to ministry.
I did not naturally have these qualifications listed in 1 Timothy.
The Holy Spirit of the Lord God is training and changing me to be a man of those traits.
Be careful readers.
When we want to be something, it often becomes our career. When the Lord taps us on the shoulder to serve Him, this is a calling.
And from my humble perspective, a calling is better than a career.