Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
From My Journal Last Week
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.—1 Timothy 3:1
Many desires—even if not wicked—are not noble. To read great books, to hug your grandchildren, to take a nap … all are good and fine. But in and of themselves they are not noble. In part, they are not noble because they are not love … even the hugging. Love invests in the welfare of others, pointing them to God. So, the reading of great books, the hugging of the children, and the taking of a nap could be expressions of love if they don’t end there. But if they end there, they are not love, and they are not noble.
The man who aspires to the office of overseer desires a noble task, if love is his motive.
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.