Leader or Manager?

Jim Coyle

"He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect."  I Timothy 3:4

When the church is looking for people to become deacons or elders, one of the requirements is that they manage their family well.  What I noticed is that the scripture tells us is that we must be good managers of our home, not good leaders.   Many of us may not think of the difference between a leader and a manager. “According to popular teaching, leaders have the vision and have set goals for people or organizations to follow.  Managers handle the day-to-day marshaling of resources under their charge.”  (Henry T. Blackaby)

As Christians, we need to realize that Christ is our leader (Lord).  He is the one who leads our lives, family and church.  He sets our direction, establishes our goals, and gives us the ability and resources to achieve the vision He has for us and our families.  Our job is to manage our life, our family and our resources according to God’s Word.

Paul understood the principle of good management when he set this standard in 1Timothy 3:4.  He knew that when someone is a good manager, they are listening to and following the direction of their leader.

If you are trying to be the leader of your life and family, give up the leadership to God and become the manager He wants you to be.

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