This is what God gave me today in His word today:
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:6-7)
Here we see some of the requirements that an overseer must meet. However, these are things that are good to be, weather we’re planning on becoming “overseers” in a Church or not. So then, let’s review them:
- Don’t get puffed up with pride.
- Well thought of by unbelievers. — A quick clarification here: being “well thought of by outsiders” doesn’t mean those who desire to become overseers, or people in general, should in any way sin to become “well thought of.”
With both of these things, there’s a kind of threat for disobeying/not being them. If someone becomes prideful, that person falls into the condemnation of the Devil (something which makes sense: the devil became prideful, and thus thought he was as good as God… Thus his getting thrown down to Hell). And if we’re thought badly of (because we steal, or are unreliable, etc.) we can also fall into disgrace with believers. Which is bad for fairly obvious reasons.
But let’s focus here quickly on the first of those two: pride. An overseer can’t be a new convert, or else he may become prideful in his position. – Pride, as shown clearly by Lucifer (the Devil), is rather extremely dangerous. The worst part of it though, is that pride has ingrained itself into both our society, and ourselves. Think about it a second: why is it we’re upset when we lose a game? Because, our pride has been wounded. Why is it we dislike it when someone tells us we’ve done something wrong? Because, our pride doesn’t want to accept that we’ve made a mistake.
On the other hand though, there’s the flip side of pride: humility.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, (1 Peter 5:6)
As shown above, humility is something to be desired. So, pretty clearly, we’ve hit a problem: we have pride, but want humility. Let’s see what the Bible has to say on the matter:
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8)
Humility comes through obedience. – As shown by the exact, polar opposite of Satan: Jesus Christ, who, in the greatest display of humility, gave up His own life for our’s. – A little more specifically, obedience to God.
So, to summarize: pride leads to condemnation, but humility leads to God exalting us. In order for God to give us humility, we must become obedient to Him (meaning we need to search and pray to Him, to see what His will for us is, and then obey Him by, obeying His will for us.).
You are Loved!