What does it mean to desire the office? Is it merely enough to wish or want the office?
Desire is marked by sacrifice. Someone who desires to be an athlete makes significant sacrifices to his diet and daily routine. There is no short cuts. The same is true for the one who desires the office of pastor. He must make significant sacrifices. He must study when others sit idle. He must pray when others daydream. He must care for others when his soul aches. If a man desires the office; the sacrifices will match the desire. Someone who is unwilling to sacrificially give himself to the study of the Word is unfit for the office.
The one who desires the office will not be tempted with anything else. He will serve as a pastor because he can do nothing else. There is no other job that captures his attention. There is no greater calling that he could imagine. A great inheritance will not turn his attention away from the ministry. He serves because there is nothing he would rather do. He serves as a pastor because he desires the office.
Paul warns Timothy not to ordain elders hastily.