Daily Devotion, 03/26/2019, “Who Before What”
Acts 6:1-8 NIV
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jewsamong them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”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. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.
Feeding neglected widows, waiting on tables, ministering the word, praying, performing great wonders and signs…you never know what God may call you to do. Regardless of what He wants to do through you, it all starts with what He wants to do in you. The hope is that you’ll be known not so much for what you do as for who you are. Every task and calling from God is important, from waiting on tables to performing miracles. What’s even more important to God is who you become as you walk with Him. He’d love for us all to be “full of grace and power” and “full of the Spirit and wisdom,” regardless of what we’re doing in serving Him and His Kingdom.
Be cautious not to get so busy doing for God that you neglect becoming who He wants you to be. May you grow to be full of grace, wisdom, power and the Spirit. Do that and there will be no limit to what God will do through you. You are loved!