Choosing the Seven
They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. (Acts 2:47)
In the sixth chapter of Acts, we read the story of the early church choosing seven men to oversee the daily distribution of food to the poor. The story is a short one, and the premise seems simple and straightforward. However, there is much to be learned from these seven verses.
The story begins by describing a conflict between the two groups in the early church. How the particular conflict developed is unstated, but we are told that the issue involves the case of some widows not receiving enough food during the daily distribution of food. Right from the start, the story contains interesting information about the early church.
First of all, disagreement sometimes occurred between groups in the church. This still occurs today, but we can follow the example of the early church and work together to find a solution.
Secondly, there was a system in the early church that provided for food distribution so that everyone had enough to eat and no one went hungry. Helping and serving others have always been important aspects of life as a Christian.
The early church leaders came up with a solution to the conflict. They decided to choose certain members to oversee the food distribution. Here is recognition that while we’re all called to do God’s work, none of us can do everything. There are plenty of ministry opportunities to go around.
This short Bible story ends with the Word of God continuing to spread and the church continuing to grow. When we work together to do God’s work, good things happen!
• There are many ways to serve God.
• I can serve.
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