Sunday: May 10, 2020
Reference: 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.
Often we are tempted to believe that the things that distract us from the things of God and cause us to veer off track are ‘outside’ the service of God. Yet, the story we read in today’s text alerts us to an even bigger danger that things sometimes set us on deviated courses away from the purpose of God for our lives even while we are in His service.
The story of the Grecians and their complaints could not have emerged at any other time than at that time when the number of disciples were multiplying. Just in the phase when God began expanding the territories and reach of the church, murmurings arose. Not that these murmurings were made up – they represented a genuine matter of concern and something God would seem happy to have addressed. Besides, there was to be no want in the community of believers.
Yet, this concern had the potential to impede any further advance and expansion, hence the quick move by the twelve under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to appoint others to take care of this matter. In their own words, although a valid concern, it is not a task that warrants the suspension of our proclamation of the word to accomplish. And mind you, this was a task in God’s service.
Beloved, don’t think that every matter that falls on your doorstep warrants your absolute intervention and an addition to your ‘to-do’ list. Regardless of how well it is packaged, some matters are just for you to simply pray about or pass on. Because should you dive into them too far, they could become hindrances to your very own assignment.