6 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” 5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
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