Just over a year ago I joined the church staff. SO exciting in the beginning until it hit me…
“Was I all of a sudden going to turn into a super Christian?”
“Was I going to be able to deliver incredible sermons?”
“Is this even what was expected of me?”….
From when I started volunteering 5 years ago I really loved the church, the community, the vision.
For me it has always been easy to get stuff done. I like to work behind the scenes, but, please don’t put me into the spotlight. So, how do I fit in?
In grappling with this I found some incredible clarity in Acts 6.
The Apostles were going about their business, preaching the gospel and the church was growing, then a complaint came that some matters were being overlooked.
With some wisdom they decided to do this:
Acts 6:3 “Therefore, brothers, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom, whom we can appoint to this duty.”
They could now devote themselves to prayer and the preaching ministry.
Seven men were chosen, all full of faith and filled with the Holy Spirit, these men carried out the day to day admin so that the apostles could be freed up to do what they were called to do – Preach the gospel!
Guess what happened next?
Acts 6:7 “So the preaching about God flourished, the number of the disciples in Jerusalem multiplied greatly, and a large group of priests became obedient to the faith.”
So what does this mean?
In today’s church we have meetings that need some ‘behind the scenes’ activity in order for the Gospel of Jesus to be shared. We need to make it easy for people to turn to God. We need the preachers to preach well and not be distracted with the nitty gritty of ‘stuff’.
Is the ‘stuff’ less important than the preaching or leading worship?
NO! According to Act 6:3 the people chosen to do the ‘stuff’ were to be people of good reputation, FULL of wisdom and the Holy Spirit!
That could be me!
Could it be YOU?
People – Godly people, good people, wise people, Holy Spirit filled people, need to be available to get ‘stuff’ done.
My hand is up for that task. I’ll carry that load.
What can you carry?
What can you do that will help others turn to God?
How will we partner together to make church an amazing place to be?
Like those seven servants were needed then, we the church, the ‘normal people’ are needed today SO THAT THE PREACHING ABOUT GOD MAY FLOURISH.