September 27, 2021
A Home With Problems Spills Over Into The Church
1 Timothy 3:4-5 (KJV) One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?
The first few verses of chapter three of 1st Timothy God saw fit to record a pastor’s qualifications. Undoubtedly, an unruly spouse or raising rebellious children, or holding onto favorite sins is not a part of the pastoral credentials God gives. This inspired criteria is essential in the make-up of any pulpit leader or ministerial candidate.
Why, because boisterous wives, disobedient children, or clinging to a secretly sinful lifestyle are significant hurdles for any pastor or leader standing in a pulpit to overcome. The Bible is clear that if a man cannot handle his self, his wife, and his children, how can he handle God’s house? Certainly, you know that a pastor’s house, filled with unresolved issues, will undoubtedly spew over into the pews of the church.
Resolving these spiritual conflicts does not mean that any pastor or his family is unflawed or perfect. However, he successfully handles himself and his family in serving the will of God personally and in the pulpit.
Literally, a church fills with people, saved and lost, who are “problem children” of their own making. Living a life professing to know Christ but hindered from making spiritual progress because spiritual obstacles litter the pathway leaves a lot to overcome in sincerely knowing and serving Christ. Spiritual roadblocks and giant spiritual potholes are where God places a called pastor to step in and motivate souls to turn to God. A congregation who sees themselves as Christ inspires both lost and wayward souls to serve and savor God. Such godly stewardship matures sincere Christians and motivates them to honor and glorify God. However, if all a church sees is overshadowing issues at work in a pastor’s family, how on earth will they ever see God and understand the finished work of Christ?
A sincere, called man of God can have it all, a leadership given by God, a wife and family who loves and serves God by example, and a growing ministry and a God- serving church. Still, he must have his personal ‘ducks in a row” to take care of God’s church and his family with purity, passion, and pure motives pointing to God and the finished work of Christ.
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