The Book of James beckons me most mornings. I don't know why. I have most of it memorized and yet it is alive and new everytime I read it's truths. Today...1 Timothy! I have been pouring over the passages reminding my heart of the instruction written out here. So many things stick out to me this morning..but the Lord whispered to me about Order. So I thought I'd share.
As I read the passage about Bishops, the Lord nudged my heart with these passages. They are valid for all who stands before others and proclaim His truth...even for me as I instruct my children, facilitate Bible Studies and as I blog.
1Timothy 3:4-5 tells us that "He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,(5) for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?"
For me, this means putting first things first.
If I do not teach my children how to behave, if they are not being trained in the way they should go (Pro 22:6), if I have no order in my home...how can I instruct others about the Truth in the Word? I am therefor a living contradiction to what I say is TRUTH!
When I lead a Bible Study and quote scripture about dressing modestly, the message is better received when my household and I dress in modest attire. RIGHT? My actions are an outward showing of what I believe to be the Truth in the Word. When my outward life doesn't line up with what my lips are professing...it causes those who hear to question. They question the Truth. They question whether or not I actually believe what I say. They wonder why I teach something I don't believe.
Are you teaching others? Do you work in the Nursery at church? Do you lead a Bible Study? Do you Blog? If you are in a position of leadership...ask yourself what your home is reflecting. Is your home in order?