Acts 6 reflections

April 29th, 2009

I read Acts chapter 6 the other day. It was a time when the church was really growing quickly and the Apostles were finding it hard to keep up with all the extra work that was required. They felt they were being diverted from prayer and preaching.

As I reflected on this passage four things jumped out at me…

1. The realised they needed help – they were being diverted from their core work and needed help. They called all the people together to discuss it with them (v2).

2. They wanted the right people – they asked the people to chose people who were “known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom” (v3). They didn’t just want anyone to fill the roles, they wanted the right fit and people with God’s annointing.

3. They set them apart – once the seven were chosen the Apostles set them apart by laying hands on them and praying for them. They were released with responsibility for the task which freed up the Apostles (v6).

4. More growth was the result – verse 7 says, “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”. What an awesome result! A bit of organising and releasing made a huge difference.

If you are finding things getting a bit too busy at the moment, perhaps you could call everyone involved together and see if you can set some more people apart to take on some on the workload.

You might feel more released to do your core work and find like the early church that more people come to faith as a result.