THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.
Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.
Acts 6:2-4 (ESV)
GOSPEL UNITY: SERVE WHERE THERE’S A NEED
A group of teenagers on a ministry trip in Jamaica were enjoying some downtime with a game of Ultimate Frisbee. But when someone noticed that a boat had overturned off a nearby beach, the game ended and the teens eagerly rushed to the water to help. There they found a small group of professional boat operators struggling with their craft—trying to turn it upright. That’s where the teens could help. They waded in, put their young strength to work, and together they were able to right the boat.
What happened that day in the Caribbean Sea reminds me of what can happen in the church. The “professionals,” the pastor and others who are trained to lead the church, face a task they can’t do alone. It’s often a struggle to get the work of the church done until lay people join in and work alongside the leadership. (Our Daily Bread)
In Acts 6 there was a clear need to make sure all the widows were taken care of. Sellers reminded us in the sermon that sometimes we determine where we should serve based on the needs of the moment. It is easy to sit back and think it’s the paid staff’s job to do all the ministry. However, most church leadership positions are designed to help “equip” the church members to do the work of the ministry.
Take some time today to think and pray about the needs around you and in our church. Ask God to help you recognize areas of need that you may be overlooking but may be perfectly equipped to help fill.
Thank God for the leaders He has raised up in our church body. Thank God for always raising up the people and resources to meet our needs.