1 Timothy 4:6-16
6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. 7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables,
and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
11 These things command and teach. 12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (1 Timothy 4:6–16)
At couple different times this summer, we’ve looked at the call of a spiritual leader, the character of a spiritual leader, and now, let’s look at the commitments of a spiritual leader. What is he or she committed to do?
Now, before I go on, when we think of a spiritual leader, we usually think of a pastor or someone in full-time ministry. Indeed, the passage that we’re looking at was written by Paul the apostle to a younger pastor named Timothy.
But the principles here can apply to everyone, because most Christians could be a spiritual leader in some arena of their lives.
A Christian in a secular workplace is a spiritual leader in that they need to be able to give the reason for the hope anyone who asks.
A mother is a spiritual leader to her children.
A father is a spiritual leader to his family.
Someone in a nursing home could be a spiritual leader to those around: fellow residents or the nurses and doctors who care for them.
So, don’t think that this doesn’t apply to you. There is likely at least one arena in your life, if not a few, where you can be a spiritual leader.