1 Timothy 3:5 (NASB) but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?
It may seem kind of selfish. However, if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. One of the first things they teach in fire department rookie school is priorities. The top priority is life safety. Makes perfect sense, but they go on to say that the life safety that should come first is your own. If you're injured or not able to work, you are no help to those in need. Today's scripture has some great advice for us. We must be able to manage our own households before we can take care of the church of God. In life, we will need to make priorities in order to be the best we can be—that means taking care of yourself. It means making sure your physical body is kept in good shape, but don’t forget about your spiritual body. Staying in God's Word daily, praying without ceasing, listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit are all things you can do to manage your spiritual self. If you lack in any area, it will show in how well you can be used for the Kingdom of God. So, as we make our way to the gym to work out our bodies, let's not forget to work out our spiritual bodies as well.
Application:Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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