Virtuous Leadership: Not a Lover of Money

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“Therefore an overseer must be . . . not a lover of money” 1 Timothy 3:3

We live in a celebrity culture.

Leaders lead in a celebrity culture.

Some leaders lead only out of their celebrity.

And celebrity usually translates into greed in some way.

The Apostle Paul encourages his younger protege not to be covetous.

Leaders often develop an insatiable desire for more.

But Hebrews 13:5 give us the antidote to greed.

“Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have . . .”

Listen to Paul’s words later on in the letter to Timothy . . .

“A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough. But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.”

1 Timothy 6:6-10

What do you love? As a leader, what do you hope for?

Contentment can be elusive. The love of money can be incredibly destructive.

Virtuous leadership has inherent power because it is contented leadership.

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