Friday, December 26 2008
In Acts the 6th chapter, we come to know a little about a man named Stephen. The chapter describes a situation within the church where the widows of the Gentiles were being neglected. The Bible says they went to the twelve disciples and were murmuring. Acts 6: 2 -3 reveals to us the decision of the disciples...
2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
Although, the waiting of tables seems to be a menial job and petty, it was important to the disciples to have men serve tables that had the right attitude. These men were simply willing to work in the church wherever God would have them. They had what we now call a servant's heart and the promises of God are always true. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells the parable of the talents given to three servants. It was because of the faithfulness of two of them in the little things that God blessed them...
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Stephen was a waiter, but he was faithful in his duties and God blessed him. He had been faithful to God and submissive to the leadership of the church even when they asked him to do things that were not exciting and glorifying to him, but it was his attitude that allowed God to use him...
Acts 6: 8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.