3:1 this is a faithful saying; if a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires good work
Paul is writing to Timothy an instructional letter; this was to be Timothy’s “How To…” guide for helping the Ephesian church. So, of course Paul would address how leaders should and should not conduct themselves. Leaders are so very important to the life of a church. How effective of ineffective they are will determine the health of a church body, and ultimately its success or failure. Of course God is the absolute leader of His church and nothing happens to it that is not pre-ordained by Him, but He has in place men that lead. Paul tells Timothy here that a good leader should be motivated to lead because inside he desires to please God! His outward motivation is determined by his inward desire. A leader must be able to separate what he wants from what God wants. Being the leader of a church is not a position where you can seek to have “your” will done but God’s.