A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; (I Timothy 3:2 NKJV)
You’ve got to put it into words…A lot is expected of leaders, a lot that has to do with modelling what is expected of followers and cultivating oneself to lead successfully. In addition to all that, a leader must be able to translate expectations into words to educate and instruct the people. The ability and inclination to communicate the journey unambiguously and understandably is very necessary for leadership.
A leader must be apt to teach. It is a leaders job to talk the talk, give the instruction, offer the correction, do the rebuking, explain the goal and describe the destination. He has got to be able to put what it is he is trying to do into words. He will not assume that the people know, he will not expect them to find out on their own, he understands it is his job to lead, using his life and his words as tools.
I have never read of a dumb General, a coach that can’t talk or a ship captain known for his silence on the deck. In fact, the ability to talk is considered priority for these leadership roles. A Christian leader must know how to interpret the bible for practical application in all aspects and situations of life. He must be able to use it, as a ship captain uses a compass to guide the followers through life on earth, while living in expectation of their masters return.
A Christian leader who cannot educate his people to live successfully on earth using the bible is not fit to take them to heaven, for the road to heaven goes through the earth. Let such a leader do as Paul advised Timothy, let him study to prove himself a qualified handler of the truth, one who knows what he is talking about.
O LORD COME SOON.