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Honourable Aspirations (1 Timothy 3:1)

This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honourable position.” (1 Timothy 3;1)

Has anyone ever asked you in the past, "What are you going to be when you grow up?"

Where we're children we are usually quick to answer. Our answers may not be entirely practical or realistic and they may change from week to week, but nevertheless we have a dream and we're more than willing to tell anyone who asks.

Somehow things have changed by the time we reach our late teens. The reality of having to commit to a decision amidst the range of choices that confront us can be more intimidating than exciting.

Equally, we may have experienced disappointments along the way. We've tried out for teams at school and missed out. Or we've worked hard to pass a test and failed.

These experiences may cause us to stop aspiring to anything important. We tell ourselves that it's better not to aim too high so that we won't be disappointed.

In the face of all this, Paul reminds Timothy that aspiring to be a leader in the church is a good or honourable thing. There is no distinction here between a paid career or a voluntary role. Aspiring to any leadership role is to be commended.

Think for a moment about the things in life you aspire to. Often what's behind these aspirations is what I'd enjoy or what would give me satisfaction.

Aspiring to be a leader in the church is different. We aspire to lead because we want to honour God and serve people. It's more about Him and them then it is about us.

So the question in all this is, do you want to be used by God as a leader? And do you want to do this because you love Him and you love His people?

If your answer is "yes", then God is pleased with you. You've chosen something of far greater value than all the temporary self-centred aspirations the world throws at you.

But be aware that you'll face challenges, obstacles and distractions that will conspire to lead you away from this aspiration. God will continually ask the question, "Do you really want to serve me in leadership? Are you really willing to make the sacrifice?"

As you continually say "yes" to Him and "no" to everything that is either second best or even worst, then in time you'll experience the honour that comes when we serve Him and participate in building His Kingdom.

Reflection:

What hinders you from aspiring to be a leader? Are other desires and activities more important to you? Or does fear hold you back? Or apathy? Once you're able to answer these questions honestly, you're in a place where you can review your choices and aspire to that which is truly honourable.