Do you desire to be above reproach?

October 29, 2018

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
(1 Timothy 3:2-3 (NIV))

The word overseer implies someone in a position of authority in the church. Typically, this is translated as pastor, elder or deacon, but if you stop to think about it, everyone who professes a faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior is in a position of authority. We are all able to minister to each other and to those around us. We are all called to tell the world about Jesus. We are all able to lead someone to eternal salvation, and, sadly enough, we can all fall short of our calling.

Everyone who professes to be a member of the Body of Christ is in the spotlight. We are being watched by those who do not believe. Every action and every word is under constant scrutiny by an unbelieving world. We should all strive to be above reproach. We should all be faithful, temperate and self-controlled. We should all be respectable and hospitable. Everyone who professes a faith in Jesus should be able to teach others about the one who has set them free. We must set a good example, a high benchmark, for others to follow as we strive to follow Jesus.

Our actions should reflect the character of Christ! We should strive to fulfill the instructions put forth for an overseer.

Think about that.

Have you ever lost your temper, even in the privacy of your own home? Have you ever lost self-control? Do those who live with you and work with you think that you are respectable and above reproach? Have you ever been less than gentle? Have you ever participated in or started a quarrel? Do you treat those around you with respect and dignity even when you are in a position of authority over them?

If we are human, the answer to these will probably be a yes, for we are all far from perfect.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))

Thankfully, we don’t have to rely on our lack of ability to be perfect. We never will be perfect on our own. It is when we take our eyes off of Jesus and look to ourselves, or the world, that we fail miserably. Only when we keep our eyes on Jesus are we able to begin to come close to possessing these characteristics. We may never hold a position of pastor, elder or deacon, but we can all strive to fulfill these Godly characteristics in our lives. We can all strive to be above reproach!

Do you desire to be above reproach?

Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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Do you seek God’s nearness at all times?

December 8, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.
(Psalms 73:28 (NIV))

Do you think that it is good to be near God?

I suppose that is the question that many people struggle with on a daily basis. To some people, there are times when they think that nearness to God is not a good thing. These people are so engrossed in their sin that they don’t want to be reminded that what they do is wrong.

Think about that for a moment.

When we think of being near to God, we tend to think of the spiritual high and the resulting feelings. We are not so fast to embrace the times when our nearness to God means that we will be under God’s scrutiny and we will learn what God has in plans for us.

We, as humanity, don’t like to think of the times that we will be under God’s proverbial microscope. We like to think of nearness to God as a blessing, and it always is. However, it is the times when God brings us to a better understanding of Himself and ourselves that we want to push God away. It is during these times when we no longer want to be near to God.

Have you ever had a time in your life when God was calling you nearer to Him so that He could teach you something. It is not always pleasant to realize that your human nature has led you astray. Many times it is painful to return to God. It hurts our pride to admit that we have fallen short even when we have promised to walk with Him in all that we do.

Are you strong enough in your faith to welcome the admonitions and corrections that God will send our way? Are you strong enough to realize that God is removing things from you that you are too weak to remove yourself?

Do you seek God’s nearness at all times?

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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