What would be the number one attribute you look for in a leader?
There is always a temptation to put gifting first.
We slide into practicalities, we want someone who is going to get the job done.
Someone we don't have to put too much time and energy into.
We think someone with the right gifts will make our ministry grow and attract people.
It seems that the Bible puts more emphasis on character.
When it comes to choosing a king God doesn't look at the things we look at.
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance of his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
In the lists from 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus, the only time it mentions ability based requirements, that of teaching is in Titus 1:9; 1 Tim 3:2, all other qualifications are character qualities.
Would you choose Jesus as a leader? Philippians 2:5-11