Saturday: 4th May, 2019
Reference text: Acts 6:1-7
Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
When differences in opinion and complaints are not managed well , disruption and dispersion results. When the things which are important to one’s companions seem unimportant to you, great troubles could surface. We may associate today’s text with a fight over food, but beneath that bare fact, there is an underlying issue of bias and favouritism which was the bone of contention here.
Therefore, had the disciples brushed off the issue and not taken concrete steps to address it, it would certainly have blown out of proportion and became a great impediment to the message of the Gospel. In life, it is very easy to filter out key information received because on the surface, they have no potential to cause harm. That is when we can get it really wrong.
While some issues are nothing to worry about, there are those which when raised, should prompt us to dig deeper. They ought to cause us to see beyond just what we have been told and to ascertain a founding basis for them owing to the potential for disruption they carry. When the ‘food issue’ was settled in the church, the Apostles had room to remain focused on proclaiming the good news. Consequently, ‘ the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly.
Therefore, do not see every complaint or issue raised as unimportant, because neglecting them could have significant future implications on our relationships, visions and missions.