1 Timothy 3: A Noble Task

“Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.” -1 Timothy 3:1

Pastors get bad PR today. Due to the detestable actions of a small circle of men who call themselves ministers, church leaders have become seen as “freaks and geeks” more than any other time in American history. Fortunately, the apostle Paul holds a much more positive view of this spiritual position.

In 1 Timothy 3, Paul provides a list of the character traits expected of the person who would lead a local group of Christians. But before he does, he states, “Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.” The work of an overseer, also called a bishop, elder, or pastor, was called a noble task. This label gives us two insights into authentic, biblical church leadership.

First, pastoral work is noble. By this, Paul meant it is was good, holy, and just. Leading those who love God is a great and glorious opportunity to help those who help change the world–and eternity. Jesus only left one organization behind–the church–and pastors are those who continue this century’s-old legacy. Serving as a pastor is noble.

Second, pastoral work is just that, work. It is not a celebrity opportunity or the easy way to riches and fame. Rather, serving fellow Christians requires the highest dedication to both God’s Word and God’s people, sharing the truth in love, whether helpful or difficult.

For those who lead the church, be reminded today that your work is good. It is right. It is noble. And it is work. Your efforts are to be applauded, and in eternity, will be rewarded by the One whose opinion matters most.


Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

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