“But with the believers multiplying rapidly, there were rumblings of discontent. Those who spoke only Greek complained that their widows were being discriminated against, that they were not being given as much food in the daily distribution as the widows who spoke Hebrew. So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers.
“We should spend our time preaching, not administering a feeding program,” they said. “Now look around among yourselves, dear brothers, and select seven men, wise and full of the Holy Spirit, who are well thought of by everyone; and we will put them in charge of this business. Then we can spend our time in prayer, preaching, and teaching.”
- Acts 6:1-4 (TLB)
Have you ever felt discriminated against or left out? Maybe you have been the one who has actually looked down upon someone else who was different from you.
As the church expanded beyond the Jewish culture and the original followers of Jesus, see that it was a difficult and gradual transition to make those who were once outsiders (i.e., not Jesus) feel completely included and equal in the movement. But we know that Jesus’ message of love, hope, and freedom is for everyone, and it is our charge as followers of Jesus to not just sit on the sidelines while someone else ministers, but to each follow the call to minister to the people that God has placed in the path of our lives.
[Upward] What did this passage reveal to you about God? Praise him for being that God.
[Inward] What did this passage bring up in you? Be honest with God about your questions and shortcomings, your fears and desires.
[Outward] What does this passage call me to in relationship to others in my world? Ask God to help you take your place in the new chapter of the Book of Acts that is being written in your life today.