I love to read about the new church in the book of Acts. In chapter 6, we see that things were growing to the point where some organization was necessary. So, “the twelve” got together and came up with the idea that they should apppoint their first “committee”.
Well, everyone seemed to like the idea and they appointed seven men to overlook the distribution of food:
5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
You’re familiar with the story of Stephen – and we’ll see more about him in the next chapter. But, what about the other six men in the group? Why was Stephen so well known?
8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.
Oh – because he was God’s man. Now I get it. We don’t really hear too much about the others.
Soon, others began to argue with Stephen, then they made up lies against him to get him into trouble, saying he was speaking blasphemy against Moses and God.
I imagine there’s a lesson in all this. Perhaps the lesson is to leave God’s work to the ungrateful complainers and whiners if you want to live in peace. Or, better said, if you really jump in and do God’s work, and God is in you, you WILL face opposition – and it WILL cost you.
Something to ponder today…