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.
And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
by: Gabriela Alonzo.
Out of context, we might not think verse 3 is talking about selecting people to handle food distribution. Again, how often do we consider that an act of love—meeting the needs of others—can reach farther than our words? Stephen was one of seven men chosen for this task and is described as “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (v.5). The apostles treated this new position as of equal importance to their own, as they laid on hands and prayed over these servants. We see their act of service as just as important as teaching in spreading the Word.