The desire to be a bishop (1 Tim. 3:1)

“This saying is sure.

Whoever aspires

To the office

Of a bishop


A noble task.”

Πιστὸς ὁ λόγος· εἴ τις ἐπισκοπῆς ὀρέγεται, καλοῦ ἔργου ἐπιθυμεῖ.

Paul said, “This saying is sure (Πιστὸς ὁ λόγος).  Whoever aspires (ὀρέγεται) to the office of a bishop (εἴ τις ἐπισκοπῆς) desires (ἐπιθυμεῖ) a noble task or a good work (καλοῦ ἔργου).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word ὀρέγεται, that means to stretch out, to reach after, to yearn for, eager for, or aspire to.  Paul then explained to Timothy the various leadership roles in the early developing church.  First up was the bishop or “ἐπισκοπῆς”, the overseer of a local Christian community.  Paul indicated that this was a sure or faithful firm statement.  Someone should desire or aspire to be a local leader as a bishop.  This was a good work to do, a noble task worth doing.  Someone had to be charge.  Paul knew how difficult these leadership tasks were but they were good in themselves.  Have you ever aspired to be a leader?