Our day has seen too many pastors and leaders who have disqualified themselves from serving as leaders because they did not “pay careful attention to yourselves”. I feel the point of this truth in my own heart. This was a concern in Paul’s own heart. In the context of an athlete, Paul says of himself, “I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:27). A position or title does not make a person qualified. The ONE THING needed by all who shepherd the flock is an intimate walk with the Lord. Like many who have gone before us, we must keep ourselves free from sin that entangles (Hebrews 12:1-2). Leadership requires “being an example to the flock…sober-minded, watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:3, 8).
One unguarded moment can both ruin our ministry and have a devastating effect on the flock. THEREFORE, KEEP THE ONE THING, THE ONE THING; PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO YOURSELF!