In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.
The Hellenistic Jews were Greek speaking believers who felt like their widows were being disfavored over the Hebrew speaking believers in the food distribution. Although is not clear if it was mainly because of the language barrier or any other reason, this passage brings to light a couple of things:
- There are practical needs in ministry (in this case, feeding people)
- With growth there is a need to empower others to serve and lead
- Address the things that are staying on the way of the unity of the Body
I wonder if any of the 7 men that were chosen to address the issue (V.5, 6) were also among the ones that saw the problem in the first place! Sometimes these can be an indication of where God wants you to step up, where you can contribute and be part of the solution!
Is there anything that God is highlighting to you: a need, an area that can be improved within the Body of Christ? Is it time to step in and step up?
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Think of someone you know who could use a little joy in their lives and pray for presence of the Lord to rest on them. “In His presence there is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11.