But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
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.