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Therefore an overseer must be... 14 well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. — 1 Timothy 3:7
So this last qualification brings attention to a leader's impression in both the church and the outside world. By nature, the term "outsider" would assume they are not on the "inside" with the world. So there is a degree to which this leader can separate themselves. At the same time, they are not so removed from the world that they cannot influence it.
It takes a mature man to be able to navigate both. They must have enough spiritual confidence to relate to the world without compromising their character. And they need enough spiritual awareness that they can pull away from the world and seek refuge in their community of faith. Essentially he can navigate both worlds and be respected in both, upholding his character as a man of God.
So how about you? Are you anchored in your identity in Christ so that you can relate to people of the world and yet know when to find refuge in the people of God? Think about this today, but maybe that spot in your life where you might need to grow. And if you are brave, share that below so we can pray for you.
ASK THIS: Are you anchored in your identity in Christ so that you can relate to people of the world and yet know when to find refuge in the people of God?
DO THIS: Be spiritually aware today.
PRAY THIS: God, show me how to relate to the world and find refuge in the people of God.
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