FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
Acts 6:7 (ESV)
GOSPEL UNITY: THE RESULT
Dr. Howard Hendricks’ little girl promised her dad that she would grow while he was away on a trip. When he returned and stepped off the airplane she greeted him, “Daddy, come home quick! See how much I growed!” So they went home to the closet door and measured. It couldn’t have been more than a millimeter or two but the little girl jumped up and down. “Daddy, I told you! I did grow!” Later, when she had settled down, she asked, “Daddy, why do big people stop growing?” Her dad, somewhat amused, gave her an amusing answer: “Well, they stop growing up, but they start growing out.”
Acts 6:7 says “the disciples multiplied greatly.” This would suggest that there were so many new disciples being added to the church that it was difficult to keep track of the exact number. Adrian Rogers sums up this first section noting that “Where there is healthy life there is growth. Where there is healthy growth there are problems. Where there are problems, there are God-given solutions. And, their problems became a springboard for greater growth.”
Ray Pritchard observes that “In the beginning the widows are going hungry and their friends are upset. Anger threatens the unity of the body. By the end the anger is gone and the widows are fed because the seven men are now serving the Lord and are recognized by the whole congregation. This is precisely how the body of Christ is supposed to function.” (A Place to Serve)
God has always used broken people and the challenges of life for His redemptive purposes. Sellers shared in the sermon that “God uses broken people to point to a perfect Savior.” Can you think of an area of brokenness in your life that God may want to use to point others to Jesus?
Thank God that your brokenness doesn’t keep you from being used by Him. Praise God for the areas of healing and growth that He has done in your brokenness.