DATE : Tuesday 5 August 2014
For my thoughts are not your
thoughts, neither are your ways
my ways, saith the LORD.
Isaiah 55:8
Read: 1 Timothy 3:1-7
1 This is a true saying, If a man
desire the office of a bishop, he
desireth a good work.
2 A bishop then must be
blameless, the husband of one
wife, vigilant, sober, of good
behaviour, given to hospitality, apt
to teach;
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not
greedy of filthy lucre; but patient,
not a brawler, not covetous;
4 One that ruleth well his own
house, having his children in
subjection with all gravity;
5 (For if a man know not how to
rule his own house, how shall he
take care of the church of God?)
6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up
with pride he fall into the
condemnation of the devil.
7 Moreover he must have a good
report of them which are without;
lest he fall into reproach and the
snare of the devil.
26:69-28:20 and JOB 16:1-17
Paul’s two letters to Timothy and
his letter to Titus are known as his
Pastoral Epistles because they deal
with the life of the Church. At the
time they were written, the Church
had been in existence for about
thirty years and the apostles were
passing away. It was therefore
necessary to consider the changing
leadership of the church and how
the church should be organised. So
Paul wrote to give church leaders
guidance on how to administer the
churches for which they were
responsible. Today’s passage
acquaints us with Christian
leadership and the need for them
to be positioned for good success.
You can enjoy wealth, good health,
miracles, signs and wonders when
you are guided by a heavenly
vision. Vision is the product of
effective thinking. It is mentioned
in literature that great men think
because they are great, and great
men are great because they think.
An aspect of thinking that
differentiates great men and
women from mediocre ones is the
ability to handle a vision. How
important is vision to renowned
men and women? It is very critical.
Vision can be described as
foresight, based on insight with
the benefit of hindsight. A man of
vision sees what God has for him
before its fulfilment. Vision is no
doubt one of the most powerful
forces available to man on earth
today. Vision gives meaning to life.
It keeps us alive and conditions
our lives. Proverbs 29:18 says,
“Where there is no vision, the
people perish: but he that keepeth
the law, happy is he.”
Someone once said: “Action springs
out of what we fundamentally
desire”. A man with no vision is at
best a living corpse. He desires
nothing and so achieves nothing.
Every great person in history is a
personal owner of a vision. A lady
was once asked: “What would be
worse than being blind?” She
answered, “To have sight with no
vision.” This quote emphasises the
need for vision or the power of
imagination to guide one’s life. We
need a vision for our business.
Personal ownership of a vision is
needed for our walk with the Lord
Jesus Christ, for our home and for
our family. A man or woman of
vision achieves good success in his
or her endeavours. Are you a man
or woman of vision? To actualise
your vision, be resolute, be
prepared for a change and be
prayerful. Note that success has
other price tags on it and these
price tags read: courage,
determination, discipline, risk-
taking, perseverance, consistency
and doing the right things for the
right reasons.
Action Point:
When David had a vision, he
conquered Goliath. When David
lost his vision, he could not
conquer his lust. Is your vision
intact? Do something about it.


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