October 09, 2021
An Unruly House
Titus 1:6-7 (KJV) If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre.
These verses lay out the essential attributes of a pastor and the character of his family. Indeed, though no man is perfect, I hope you know that if a pastor’s house is out of order, his church will be spiritually shaky and soon out of kilter, becoming an unruly house insulting the divine character of God. Losing control of one’s wife, kids, and household is one situation, but ruling over a home and a church out of order is a double whammy. Neither case pleases nor honors God.
Serving God in a pastoral position is a God-led humbling role, indeed. This softening of a man’s soul leads him to look to God first and foremost and to serve God through serving others. This humble spirit works to direct one’s congregation, home, and lifestyle and at the same time please God. A Spirit-filled man does not lead a family or an assembly on his own terms but at the direction and leading of God. As you know, God never leads any person to misstep or stumble in following His will. However, mere men will stray from what God leads when operating in their flesh rather than following God.
In these instances, God is always available to place a pastor back on His pathway. However, if a pastor or leader strays too far from the divine path, coming back becomes nearly impossible but much more complicated. Each step a pulpit leader takes away from God leads other souls to join him on a winding path to nowhere good. Missteps of a pastor affect his family, congregation, and lost souls wandering in this world.
Yes, God is the ultimate leader of every sincere pastor; however, the temptation to lead others in his own meandering direction is always present for every proclaimed leader, even those chosen by God, to stand in the pulpit. Each must stand in God’s strength and leading at home, in the world, and among his congregation, for much lays on his shoulders, indeed but nothing he cannot handle with God at the helm of his life.
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