Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 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. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.
by: Jasmine Lynch.
God has placed individuals in the church with gifts to build up the body of Christ. When church members refuse to utilize their gifts to serve in the church, the ministry is limited to what the pastor alone can do. Thank God that there are those, prompted by the Holy Spirit, who are bold and wise enough to recognize and train willing individuals to do ministry work. In Acts 6, once the solution to serving all the widows was determined, it pleased the whole multitude and the grumbling stopped (v.5). In your church, will you be part of the problem or part of the solution? Are you a worker or a grumbler?