- 1 Timothy 3:1-7 (NKJV) This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.
What a difference a month makes! This time a month ago it was the Christmas season—Christmas Eve to be exact. For those of you going through the annual 40-days of Prayer & Fasting that my church sponsors each year, we are now entering a new season.
The assignment given us last night was to prayerfully catalog our expectations for this year’s 40-days season. Just like a month ago, there will be many options. A month ago most children and many adults went to bed with fervent desires for some special gift(s) to be under the tree when they got up the next morning.
For others, their desire was to see some special loved-one the next day.
For some, it may have just been a desire for a little peace and quiet.
As Paul instructed (see above verse), there is nothing wrong with having desires—even desiring big things and top positions (like being a bishop). However, notice the qualifier—if a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. What Paul is teaching is: Know why you desire something.
For example, if someone desires to be a bishop because it is an important position that could bring honor and privilege, then they’ve missed the point. The reason God established the position of bishop was because there was a lot of good hard work and service that needed to be done in caring for, protecting, and teaching the Church.
So on this January 24th as we ponder our assignment for today; let us not just reflect on our expectations (desires) for the next thirty-seven days, but on why we desire them.
PRAYER: Oh GOD, please change my heart—make it pure and whole (healthy) so that I will desire the right things for the right reasons.