Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
—1 Timothy 3:8-13
by: Gabriela Alonzo.
When considering serving in the church, we might be inclined to look at the responsibilities as we would a regular job description—hours, dress code, essential duties, etc. However, this passage forces us to reflect on how we serve at home before we even consider serving in the church. Paul referred to the qualities of “a clear conscience,” “beyond reproach,” “dignified,” and “faithful in all things” (v.9-11). These are qualities that all believers should possess. In doing so, our reward is not just being held in high esteem or being given the privilege to serve, but more importantly, finding an increase in our faith.