Paul really doesn’t hold back. The church is to be a pillar and foundation of the truth. The church is the house of God. The truth is God’s truth. The truth should be the first and most important part of the church. We must profess truth. We must preach truth. We must live truth.
We see two different things described in this verse. First there is the foundation, the ground floor. Our foundation should be the living God, Who is dwelling in our midst. He is our foundational truth. Second, we read of the pillar. A pillar can be compared to the pillar that holds up a building or a pillar that tacks on an edict. This can be understood as the pillar of truth holding up the church or the pillar displaying the truth before man. Truth holds up the church. If we rid ourselves of truth, the church will collapse. What is the truth? The saving truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Word of God.
The world is trying to get the church to stop sharing the truth. The truth is offensive. The truth doesn’t align with their way of life. The world wants very much for the pillar to fall. The devil and his demons do whatever possible to keep the body of Christ from sharing truth. In doing so, in keeping people from speaking truth, the pillar and foundation weaken. Today, boldly speak truth. Cling to His truth. Stand up for His truth. The church must continue to be a pillar and foundation of the truth of God.
“So that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 3:15 [NLT]
I love reading Paul’s letters to Timothy. What a wealth of information for leadership that Paul has shared with his young ministry worker and the world. In 1 Timothy 3, he reviews the qualifications of overseers. He poses an important question—“if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?”
Leadership must start at the home. God appreciates order. He created order from the chaos. As we read each book of the Bible, we see order. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in all of the small details in the Bible—instead appreciate the small details, understanding that God cares so much even for the smallest of details. Everything is meant to fit perfectly. Everything is perfectly designed. It’s something we cannot fathom. The world is filled with balance and rhythm my friends.
A good leader manages family well. The man is a strong godly leader of his family. A godly man loves and supports his wife. A godly woman submits to her husband and supports her husband as the leader of the family. They raise their children in the disciple and teaching of the Lord. A godly couple lives life with a balance of grace and truth. A godly person is respected. Because a godly man manages his family well, his life is balanced so he is able to thereby serve God’s church. This is the same for a woman’s ministry role. If he or she does not manage the family well in their God given role, the chaos at home will follow to the church. This is a great truth spoken by Paul, a truth that speaks volumes. Ministry always starts at home. Any ministry outside the home is an overflow. Focus first in your home, and the overflow will follow.
“He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?” – 1 Timothy 3:4-5 [NLT]