While the preaching of God’s word was spreading throughout Jerusalem, grumbling was taking place between the Aramaic widows and the Greek widows. The Greek widows felt like they were being overlooked in the distribution of food compared to the Aramaic widows. The apostles heard of his complaint and called a meeting to discuss the issue of the widows. It was decided a group of seven men would be chosen with the task of setting up a food program that met the needs of all. The community was happy with this idea of electing a group responsible for the distribution of food. The seven were chosen and prayed upon by the apostles and they were left to do with what they do best-preaching and teaching the word of God.
This is a great story on how to serve the Lord with what you do well. Our story begins with a conflict between two groups. The Greek widows feel they are being neglected while the Aramaic widows are being well taken care of. I would say the Greek widows have a reason to grumble. Don’t you?
Next the apostles call for a meeting to discuss the complaints of the Greek widows. They agree something needs to be done but not by them. The apostles felt preaching and teaching is what they were called to do not distribute food to the widows. This provided an opportunity for others to reach out and provide a ministry to the widows of the community. This is where the seven were chosen to lead the ministry efforts, but not just any seven. They had to have a good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and full of wisdom.
Finally the seven were chosen to over-see the need of the widows in the community and the apostles were able to do what they do well.
I’m a member of the hospitality team at Church of the Highlands. I serve coffee to those in need of a pick-me up on a Sunday morning. And I serve the Lord with just the right amount of care and love to those who enter the doors of the church. I just love watching people make their coffee. Who knew there were so many different ways to get that just-right cup? I’ve always said God has a sense of humor. I don’t even drink coffee and look where God has placed me. Serving coffee.
Challenge: Do you sing? Do you play an instrument? Are you good with children? Are you good with computers? Parking cars? Whatever you do, do what you do best and do it well. Will you do it for God?
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Your Turn: Share with us your serve experience. Were you blessed as much if not more than the people you served? How will you keep a servants heart during the business of the holidays? Share below in Leave a Reply. ~ Tonya