Godly Leadership

14th June

So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.””

Acts 6:2-4

There are often times in our lives whereby we think we are irreplaceable and have to do everything. It may not be arrogance or pride that leads to this conclusion, but rather it may be you think there is no-one else to do what you’re doing. Yet no-one should have to have the burden of doing everything. The apostles in today’s verse proved exactly that.

On first glances when you read the passage, it may seem like the apostles were giving the impression that they were beyond the day-to-day tasks of making sure everyone was happy and fed. But nothing could be further from the truth. They realised that their resources and their gifts were not being used effectively. Instead of preaching the Good News, healing the sick and living out the commission Jesus gave them before He left, they found themselves appeasing the discontentment between the Greek speaking believers and the Hebrew speaking believers over issues of food rationings.

The apostles, by delegating the task of the day-to-day running of the ‘fellowship’ to the elected seven men, were able to continue sharing the Good News of Jesus, and as verse 7 says, ‘God’s message continued… and the number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem..including Jewish priests too’ who were originally opposing the message of Jesus.

Friends, sometimes we need to re-evaluate what our gifts are and stop trying to do everything. By delegating to others, we both empower people to use their gifts and walk boldly in our own. We have been blessed with many parts to the body, each one effective for extending God’s Kingdom and living in unity as ONE body.

Do you need to step up to responsibility or step down to give others a platform to express their God given gifts?

The Great Treasure

13th June

The high priest and his officials, who were Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But an angel of the Lord came at night, opened the gates of the jail, and brought them out. Then he told them, “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!””

Acts 5:17-20

When God changes your life, you simply can’t keep it quiet. It’s like a great treasure that you want to share with everyone. See being saved isn’t solely for an entry ticket into Heaven! It is so much more than that. It is holistic healing. It is being set free from fear, from hurt, from pain and un-forgiveness. It is physical healing. It is being liberated to live how God intended you to live, His purposes and designs for you. It is being made whole again; our broken hearts restored, our wounds patched up and our insecurities and weaknesses transformed to strength in Jesus. It is for these reason that we can’t stay quiet. We have to share it, because we want others to have this GOOD NEWS.

Peter and the early church apostles and disciples were like this too. Jesus had done so much in their lives, completely radically and supernaturally transformed them, that they too just couldn’t stop sharing about Him. As the angel of the Lord said ‘it is the message of life’ that they were sharing. Even in spite of punishment and captivity from the Jewish leaders, they persevered with sharing the Good News to all people, filling Jerusalem with the message of Jesus Christ, His love, redemption, restoration and renewal. Even jail bars could not stop them. They were empowered with the Holy Spirit to boldly share the Gospel with all people.

Friends, we too must have the same urgency and passion to share about Jesus to a lost and needy world. Don’t be afraid to speak up, using words or actions. God is with you. All you need to do is share the treasure you have and let God open people’s eyes to its value!