First Requirements

Paul wrote to Timothy and gave him the first requirements one needed in order to hold a ministry office. Note 1 Timothy 3:1“This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work” (KJV). Paul says, “What I am telling you, Timothy, is be trustworthy.” The word “saying” that Paul uses is the word logos, the word that God speaks. The key to this verse is in the word “desire,” referring to one who sets his or her heart upon a goal. It is a word that gives a picture of someone who wants something so badly that he bends over backwards to obtain that desire. The word “desire” is referring to your attitude and your determination.

It’s sad… there are many who are loaded with great potential, but they never improve themselves or press forward to excel. Why? Because they have no desire, no ambition, no passion. The Holy Spirit wants to take the believers higher, but He is hindered because many believers with potential do nothing to prepare. Many believers have the intelligence and the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the Bible and what is required of them, but they do nothing. Believers must understand that God does not choose people who have no interest in excelling. God does observe a person’s attitude and determination and faithfulness before He lays His hand on someone. A person who does not seek to excel is a poor choice to have serving alongside quality ministries. The way a person lives determines his or her selection by God. A person who is lazy in his or her approach to life will never do any thing worthwhile unless they are willing to change. God observes your lifestyle.

Make excelling and improving number one on your “desire” list (1 Corinthians 14:12). Note also Genesis 49:3-4 and Psalm 103:20-21. These verses refer to those “ministers” (angels and people) who hear and obey and do God’s commandments.

Pastor George Belobaba

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