Week beginning: 27th December, 2015

By Tom Cordrey | London

"1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 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. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)"

1 Timothy 3:1-5 (NIV)

A trustworthy saying for the year ahead

The precious Christmas break is often one of the times where a Christian lawyer gets to spend most time away from the workplace and with their family.

Now might be a good moment to check whether our time at home over Christmas has demonstrated the qualities Paul refers to in the passage: avoiding drunkenness, showing hospitality, exuding gentleness, resisting the love of money, eschewing quarrels? What about managing our families well – Paul places a great emphasis on this.

These qualities should be characteristics of any Christian lawyer, but all the more so of those who are "overseers" (defined in v5 as people who "take care of God's church") in their local church.

Is a renewed commitment in order for 2016: that we will manage our families well by prioritising them over our work? Or perhaps it is one of the other qualities Paul refers to which has slipped during 2015. Ask for God's help to honour him in the year ahead.

Prayer points:

1. As you read the qualities above ask God to show you what he wants you to prioritise in the year ahead.
2. Give thanks for the worldwide family of Christ, for the fellowship we have together in Christ and that we may bring glory to His name in 2016