v 4. The twelve apostles said ‘Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.”
Finding the right balance in serving God.
Some of us are just plain activists – never happy unless doing something. If that is you, then you might have found the period of lockdown a real issue! There is a limit to the number of times you can re-paint the living room, tidy up the freezer or weed the garden.
The busyness of the Apostles was highlighted in the previous chapters. They were preaching good news, (with the associated persecution) as well as having to deal with the practical matters of sharing out the property (Acts 4:34, 35), and generally caring for the new believers. Remember, they had baptised around 3,000 people already! (Acts 2:41) Life must have been hectic to say the least.
So for a moment they had to stand back and think about some form of organisation that would share the load they were carrying, and establish priorities in their use of time. The decisions they made, guided by the Holy Spirit, set a pattern for the years ahead. Some folk would devote their time to preaching and prayer, and others would handle the practical affairs of administration. Some years later, when Paul writes to the Christians in Rome, he put it like this: If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Church is not a One-Man band – it is an orchestra of many gifted players!