TO THE MAN CALLED

By: Eloisha Elcarte

Scripture Reflection: 1 TIMOTHY 3

This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not]covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

 

Not with silver tongue

But with the mouth of truth

Speaking and standing firm

In the pillars of His house

 

Not with exquisite robe

But with cotton cloth of gentleness

 

Not with the motive of abundant coins

He may entertain his listeners

But with generous hands

Speaking the riches of His glorious grace

 

Not living in vibrant-colored walls

Yet intimacy is far-fetched

But with his children’s laughters

Echoing up to the ceiling

While submission and reverence from his wife

At the shining floors

 

A good work

Must come with

Godly character

For no work in the house of God

Is less than laborious

And less than glorious

 

The godly character

Of the overseer of the house

Does not come from who he is

But on what He has done

 

That while he oversees the house

He behold His face

Continually

Then upward

Transforming his life

To the man He has called him!