“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.””
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?