Summary: Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless. - Titus 1:7 The family is a God ordained institution in this earth as all cultures, peoples and even the simplest of tribal people practice marriage. All of humanity originates from ...
Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless. - Titus 1:7
The family is a God ordained institution in this earth as all cultures, peoples and even the simplest of tribal people practice marriage. All of humanity originates from Adam and Eve the first people God created in the earth. Family is at the core of mankind and its continuation on this earth. In the Bible God gives a very high ideal for the family as many verses are devoted to us understanding God's desire for marriage and family life. In the context of this it is not strange that an Overseer in God's Church is one that should manage their family well and understand the dynamics of family. We see in the verse we are looking at that God looks at the Church as a family unit. In many passages we are called children of God who believe in the Lord (Galatians 3:26, John 1:12). Apostles and other Elders considered themselves spiritual fathers to the Churches (1 Corinthians 4:14-15, Galatians 4:19, 1 John 2:1). Being a manager in God's household is not an occupation but a holy calling, being a father to children. For those who have had children they realize how much work each child is and what a solemn responsibility it is to constantly train and lead them in life and truth. The very Church itself becomes this family of God where we become united with all the family of God who have found place in Christ Jesus.
Paul the Apostle speaks of the seriousness of those who are called to oversee God's people that they be blameless, "not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain" (Titus 1:7). We could re-state some of these requirements that Overseers should be innocent, not arrogantly domineering, not easily annoyed or frustrated, they stay away from worldliness and things that can hinder their judgment, they need to be gentle, and not greedy but trusting the Lord to provide for their needs. There are many other character attributes listed but the burden and gist of what is being said is that Overseers need to realize their calling is the most important in the world. They are called not to oversee a business or even nation, but God's very family. God also given us the example of those he called to lead his Church, we see in the 12 disciples many errors, mistakes, and problems. This should also set us at ease that God is full of grace towards us all and we all are on a journey growing in these areas, there never has been a perfect Overseer in God's Church but we all can be humble, quick to recognize where we have failed and seek to grow more like Christ so that we can lead the family of God aright in his ways.