Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Acts 6:1-15

Once again our reading today from the book of Acts has a lot to say. I find the first part of the reading to be especially helpful to me and thus I will concentrate my writing on that part as I hope it is helpful to you too.

In the first part of the reading the disciples faced a problem. To solve this problem themselves, the distribution of food to the needy, they would have to reduce the amount of time they spent on spreading the Word of Jesus. The first lesson we receive from this account is that the disciples had their priorities in the correct order. The ministry of the Word should never be neglected because of administrative burdens. Pastors, priests, and leaders of churches cannot do everything themselves. They must focus a great deal of their attention on sharing the Word of Christ with others. Thus, they must find others to help run the church and its ministries.

The people the disciples chose to manage the food distribution process had to be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. Obviously from these requirements, the Bible is telling us that the administrative tasks of a church are not to be taken lightly. The administrative tasks of a church are heavy responsibilities. People who carry them out must be spiritually mature and wise.

The final lesson this part of the reading teaches us is that every person has a vital part to play in the life of the church. If you are a leader, as the disciples clearly were, and find yourself overwhelmed by responsibilities, determine your God-given talents, concentrate your efforts where those talents can best be used, and then find others to help take on the remaining responsibilities. If you are not in leadership, you have other gifts that God has given you to help run His church. Cheerfully offer these gifts in service to Him. Do not ever feel that your gift, or part in running the church, is insignificant or unimportant. It takes the application of all the gifts God has created to make the church operate correctly - yours and mine.

Wishing you much success in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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