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“It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do” (1 Timothy 3:1).

There is honor for the one who is called to oversee a fellowship.  It is fine work, but it is difficult work, for the overseer is not the one served, but the servant of all.  Called to be a vicar of Christ in place, look at the mystery. It is true of all things in faith: look at the mystery.  God appoints and then His will is revealed.  Live into the life to which You have been called in faith and honor those whom God chooses for His servants.

Lord, there is much mystery in life and I often just ignore these things and go on as if nothing is different.  Let me not be this way.  Help me to honor who should be honored.  Help me to be guided by Your goodness and grace to see those mysterious things that You are constantly doing.  Teach me how to honor those whom You choose and do my part in this world according to Your will.

Lord Jesus, You have come so that I may have life and have it abundantly.  Guide me to take the place You have for me.  Lead me to honor those whom You have chosen.  In and through all things, teach me to rejoice and honor all those in authority knowing that Your hand is upon all things.  In You and for those who love You, it will all work to good.  Help me to accept that even if I do not fully understand.  Amen.