Leadership and Humility
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:2-7)
One of the qualifications for leaders is that they not be novices
A novice is someone young or new to the things of faith. When I was young, I had a lot more pride than I do now. Pride often accompanies youth. However, pride and humility are not restricted by age; young people can be humble, and older adults can be prideful. Anyone can struggle with pride, and anyone can overcome it, but often, with age comes understanding. After 45+ years in ministry, I have come to understand that any of the success I’ve enjoyed has nothing to do with my skills or ability - it’s all God.
The same is true for you. Whatever good is happening, you have very little to do with it; you’ve simply been blessed with an opportunity to cooperate with God. When you look back on your life, you will see that God’s hand was on all of your success.
When you experience success, the devil tries to whisper in your ear that you are amazing and that you did something great, but it wasn’t you, your education, strength, looks, or skills. The mercy of God helped you, supported you, and sent you on the right way.
I thank God for His incredible mercy, even when I didn’t deserve it!
Practical Application – Take some time to look back at your successes and thank God for His mercy, protection, and faithfulness! Acknowledge His blessings and remain humble.