(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)
1 Timothy 3:5
If you can’t take care of your home, your family, and yourself, then how can you tell other people how to run their lives? There’s a huge difference between praying with and for each other, and prophesying to and against others. A preacher, pastor, bishop, minister, priest, nun, or monk is not closer with and doesn’t have an advantage over you when it comes to God. The same measurements He uses with you He uses with them. Some of them were called to serve and some of them chose to serve. The same is true of our everyday community leaders.
They all are still spiritual beings having human experiences just like you, so guess what? They are still exposed to some of the same temptations as you and are attacked by the “liar” just like you. They sometimes have to work harder to do right because they have a congregation or community of people that they serve that they must be held accountable to in addition to God and their family. So with that added responsibility shouldn’t they also have their personal lives in order just as they expect and preach to you? They cannot ask and expect of you what they don’t accomplish and maintain themselves. They are not granted a pass by God because they wear a special-made robe and other clothing. They are not granted a pass by God because of a fancy title that leads or follows their name.
We all must take care of our family life and maintain the level of goodness, love, joy, fidelity, honor, light, peace, and harmony that God expects. We must do this and keep this in our lives before telling others how to take care of their own lives and family. Stop giving advice you won’t take. Stop telling people what they should be doing if you won’t do it yourself. Stop claiming to have an insight when your own vision is blurred or blinded. Stop being hard-lined about issues you haven’t even resolved in your own life.
Pray for those people who judge others. Pray for the hypocrites.
Pray for those people who judge drug and alcohol addicts, adulterers, homosexuals, pornographers, and adult sex workers yet they also indulge and engage in supporting these acts and professions. Pray for those people who call the adult sex industry smut, yet they have a collection of pornography in their homes and/or offices, or get caught with a prostitute or “escort”. Pray for the ones who say homosexuals are going to hell, and then they get caught engaging in illicit “relations” with the opposite sex. Pray for the ones who go on and on badmouthing adulterers while claiming fidelity in their own relationships, yet they later get caught cheating on their spouse. Pray for those who seek the death penalty, except when it affects them and their loved ones.
Pray for all of them. If this is also you, then pray for yourself.
Because maybe it is better for these people to be silent than stand on a soapbox declaring one thing, yet living secretly another way. These same people who rant and rave about the sins of the world, and then get caught committing these same sins, don’t realize the negative impact they cause to their families, the congregation and community that supported and followed them. How can their families and community trust their own decisions in life, trust their relationship with Jesus and God, if the man or woman that was supposedly called to serve them has been a double-agent for the “liar”?
If you want to turn people towards Jesus you must be more like him. If you want to turn people away from Jesus then make your own rules and then caught breaking God’s.
If you can’t lead righteously then don’t jump to the front of the pack trying to lead the people to the promised land.
Let us all work to take care of ourselves, our family, and our homes so that if we are ever in a position to give our opinion or advice, we can do so with a clean heart and no skeletons in our closets.
Father, thank You for today and yesterday, and I humbly give thanks in advance for the tomorrow I hope to see. Father as Your servant I strive each day to overcome temptation, to only say loving things, and to be loving in action towards others. Father, there are some servants in Your church who have taken the role of judges and messiahs over Your children. They have decided to tell Your congregation what to do, and when and how to do it, yet they don’t practice in their own lives these very commands. Father some of Your children demand of others what they aren’t willing to do or say. Father some of Your children call things abominations, yet they have been caught engaging with and indulging in these same abominations.
Lord, I pray that You forgive them as You forgive me. Lord forgive us for what we do, what we don’t know, and for those things, we turn a blind eye towards. Father forgive us for our sinful ways, for cursing, manipulating, lying and cheating, and for betraying one another. Father forgive us for those moments we follow the “liar” instead of walking alongside Your son Jesus on the path You have created. Father forgive us for not trusting in You enough to believe that You will always provide, make a way out of no way, and deliver to us the things and people we need and are to have in our lives.
Father steer those of us who are off Your path back on a straight course towards righteousness and salvation. Realign our minds and hearts with Yours Father. In Jesus’ name, I humbly pray to You. Amen.
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