Read Acts 6:1-7

vv 2-4  So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.”

 The Apostles saw another essential – it is appropriate to have the Church effectively organised. This episode in Acts finds the Apostles busy in the practical organisation of food distribution whereas their calling was to get on with spreading the good news of Jesus. Something needed to be done to get the organisation right to help the Apostles become the missionaries Jesus called them to be.

Any local church in a community needs some practical organisation with the tasks suitably allocated. Hence the gifts that we find in 1 Corinthians 12: “first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages. “ He writes much the same thing in Romans 12,  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.

God equips His church to fulfil His purposes in different circumstances; that means recognising the gifts and abilities He has given and then setting people free to get on with the tasks. Church requires some organisation!

Tuesday 28th June Daily Notes from the Hub