Saturday : 14th April, 2018
1st reading: Acts 6:1-7
Acts 6:2 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.
What are you here to do? What is your role? Many jobs in their advertisement have a description that seeks to give applicants a fair idea of what their MAIN responsibilities will be. Therefore, after getting the job, the main criteria for success in the role will be to ascertain if the primary reason for hire is being achieved and that other tasks are not pre-occupying ones attention.
The Apostles realised this truth early and put measures in place so as not to fall through that chasm. In their case, of course ensuring that there was a fair distribution of food was important, but that had to come at the cost of the neglect of the Word of God, a price the Apostles were unwilling to pay. What the concluding part of the whole text for today reveals is the fact that ‘the number of disciples continued to increase because the word of the Lord continued to spread’.
A termination of that mandate of the Apostles would have been like pulling the plug on the spread of the Gospel. Don’t get this the wrong way: It is certainly alright to want to help out here and there in the body of Christ, but that should not be the reasons for your straying and complete reorientation off the course God has mapped out for your life.
My dear, you may appear a jack of all trades, but you certainly do have a specific task to also perform. So don’t end up doing everything else and neglect what it is that you really have to be doing. You can very easily get distracted from all of life’s hustles, but don’t lose sight of the path on which you are to tread.
Remember # there’s everybody’s walk and then there is yours – do make sure to walk your walk.