A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; (I Timothy 3:2, 3 NKJV)
Easy on the booze right there! My cousin made this joke one day about alcohol. We were at the mall to pick up a few things and we were walking past the wine section, all of a sudden she is pointing at the shelves with her head turned towards me, and with a tone like that of a needy little child she’s goes “They’re calling me!” Hahahaha Boy we had a great laugh about it.
If you are a leader and wine calls out to you, it is in your best interest not to answer. It will do you much harm if you do. Keep far away from alcohol because topers have no place in leadership. Easy on the booze sir! You don’t want to sabotage yourself.
Have you noticed that it is the very thing you have, the very thing you are able to manage and grow, it is that very thing that you get more and more of? If you lack money, the little you have gets taken away from you by events and situations. If you have money people want to give you more. If you are wise in some way, it leads you to more wisdom and people want to share their own wisdom with you. If you are good at fights and quarrels, opportunities for that just keeps coming. Jesus says, “he who has, more will be given to him, but he who does not have, even the little he has will be taken from him.”
Self-respect is a leaders jewel. It’s something every leader needs to guard like a bank guards its vault. That is what supplies the respect his people accord him. If a leader allows his self-respect to depreciate in value, the respect he gets from people goes out the window with it. Remember, “he who does not have, even the little he has will be taken away from him”. Proverbs 20:1 says, “wine is a mocker…” Don’t let yourself be deceived and robbed of your self-respect by it. Avoid the bottles and don’t fancy the bubbles. Never get drunk, sir!
O LORD COME SOON.