6 In those days the number of believers was growing. The Greek Jews complained about the non-Greek Jews. They said that the widows of the Greek Jews were not being taken care of. They weren’t getting their fair share of food each day. 2 So the 12 apostles gathered all the believers together. They said, “It wouldn’t be right for us to give up teaching God’s word. And we’d have to stop teaching to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven of your men. They must be known as men who are wise and full of the Holy Spirit. We will turn this important work over to them. 4 Then we can give our attention to prayer and to teaching God’s word.” 5 This plan pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen. He was full of faith and of the Holy Spirit. Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon and Parmenas were chosen too. The group also chose Nicolas from Antioch. He had accepted the Jewish faith. 6 The group brought them to the apostles. Then the apostles prayed and placed their hands on them. 7 So God’s word spread. The number of believers in Jerusalem grew quickly. Also, a large number of priests began to obey Jesus’ teachings.
This passage reminds me that God has a ‘work’ for everyone – so we can all be part of HIStory. A journey that outlives time as we know it on earth.
The message is that everyone of us are needed in the journey of others. Each of us has a role to encourage each another in becoming fully devoted/obedient followers of Jesus Christ and using our gifts and talents to make a difference in the Body of Christ and the community around us. We are to be people who reflect Jesus.
We see in this passage – that a leaders’ primary role is to pray and preach/teach the word of God. However when each of us takes up the role God has for us – we operate as the BODY of CHRIST. This attracts people to what we are doing and why we are doing it.
What amazes me is the experience of this early church, the pastors’ delegated the responsibility of a feeding program to spirit-filled, wise members = the church grew rapidly. The ‘actions’ of the church through a feeding program reached the Greek and Jewish communities, saved their priests (the leaders of the day), saved the people and transformed their communities.
C3 Carlingford does so many wonderful community projects and activities (see website). Let’s believe together that these projects will reach into the community and bring many to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Thank you Father that each one of us is needed to transform lives and our community. That you have a purpose for each one of us. Help us to find that purpose and do it with all our might. Jesus, Help us to be your hands, your voice, and your feet.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta