“In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.” 1 Timothy 3:8
Paul had just given an extensive list of qualifications for an overseer or pastor. He now talks about the deacons. He gives them the same requirements.
It is easy for people to look at this list and think it is not for them. They are not a deacon so it does not matter. Often they will enforce these things on the deacon. Yet, all of these things are good for any believer.
Respect is something everyone wants, but not everyone deserves. When a person is harsh, cheating, vulgar, lying, lazy, or many other negative things, there is no respect earned. Every believer should be living a life of respect.
Believers should be sincere in what they say and do. There are some who just joke around all the time, there is no sincerity. Be sincere in the job, service, ministry, family, and anything else.
The world loves to have their drink in excess. Believers should be limited. The Bible does allow for some drinking, but not in excess. Personally I do not agree with any at all, but it is on the line that if I, as a believer, drink a little, a non-believer may see and choose to drink a lot. I would feel responsible for his going to far. Either way, no one should ever get drunk.
Believers must also not pursue dishonest gain. This is getting something that you did not work for. This can be honor and praise for someone else’s work. Each person must earn what he gets.
How are you living your life today? Do you have these qualifications?
It does not mean you must be a deacon, but just that you are living a life worthy of respect. Jesus lived this type of life and you are supposed to live like He did.
Seek God for strength and direction to live your life like Jesus did. Turn from the wrong ways.
I pray today that you will strive to live for God; that God will guide you in how to live for Him; that the world will see that you are a believer in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.