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It is absolutely never as we plan it.  So, God is making it happen…Church is growing, disciples are doing amazing things. The Jewish leaders are at a loss on how to handle the growth of this new church—SO, what does the enemy do, he begins to sew discord among the body of believers.  Page 1 in the playbook. (It started with Eve—What am I going to fix for dinner?) As the slaves were finally free from the Egyptians—(Manna…Again?) Now, the Greek widows and children were getting passed over at meal times and the people were complaining—the quickest way to split a church.

The Apostles took the matter seriously and sought the Lord.  They were led to appoint 7 men to make sure people got food.  What the apostles did not realize was–that these men would change the world.  God led them to men that did not mind waiting tables, cleaning potties or helping the elderly—Not who we would profile as the game changers—But they truly were!

As we will see, these men would start the movement to take the world by storm—Not because they were gifted orators or evangelists, but because they were ready to serve—no matter what the job entailed.

We need to follow their lead.  As leaders in the faith, we have to rush to the back of the line and remain willing to take on any task—big or small.  It is our availability and obedience that will propel us into the lead, not our talent or good looks!  Let’s strive this week to serve, be humble and listen for God’s call—big or small. If we do, we could just begin the thing that truly changes the world!

God Bless You

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. 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. 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 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

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. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

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.