The church in Acts was growing at a rapid pace such that “a thousand were being added to their numbers” (Acts 2:41), as well as “the number of the disciples was multiplied” (Acts 6:1,7). Also, in many locations, their numbers increased daily. If we consider that phenomenal growth, we can also assume the logistics of caring for the believers would also be beyond the abilities of the Twelve. If we recall, the church in Acts was focused upon making sure the needs of the believers were filled due to people sharing and selling their possessions for the benefit of the everyone (Acts 4:34). However, with the sheer numbers of new believers, certain people began to be “overlooked” and thus problems began to emerge. In the verse, the Twelve say that “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.” They were not saying that “waiting on tables” was beneath them. Rather, they knew what their calling was in the ministry, and that was to preach and teach the Word of God. They understood that every person has their own calling and how important it is in the Church.
When we operate in the gifting and call from God, we will find that there are energy and passion for what we are doing. In the Young Generations service, many people got to see a great example of passion and joy in serving God by using their God-given gifts and abilities. Also, as Pastor Tidi had shared, we need to have a “filter” from which we can make decisions based on what passes through that filter. If it doesn’t fit, then we need to say “no.”
Over the past two days, I have been struggling with priorities and the important issues I need to consider. I have been struggling with my job situation. I am considering whether it is more important to make more money by getting a full-time position or keep my current work style. My current work situation allows me to have some freedom to do things I like to do and also serve the 5% that I can only do, like being a husband and daddy. But through reading the scripture I have been given from devotions today, it is becoming slowly clearer that I need to really get my priorities straight and understand what God’s calling is for me. It will help take away unnecessary stress and worry and keep me focused on the most important things in my life.
Jesus, thank you for sharing this Scripture with me. You know all that is going through my heart and mind. You also know the future, and I don’t. I ask for your forgiveness for trying to take on so many things that I cannot control. Please forgive me for trying to do your work. I lay this situation in your skillful hands and ask for a lighter yoke. I pray that you give me clarity in the calling you have for my life and I ask that you develop in me the faith I need to move in that calling. I love you and ask this in your name, Jesus! Amen!