Delegation of Duties
Daily Bible Reading – Exodus 25-27; Acts 6
Today’s Key Passage - Acts 6:1-7
As great as the early church was, it was not perfect. Like churches today, the early Christian church had its share of problems, both internally and externally. In today’s key passage, we read about one of these issues that arose between the Hebrew-speaking Christians and the Greek-speaking Christians over the distribution of food. When the Twelve apostles heard about this problem, they could have taken it upon themselves to try to work out the food distribution on a daily basis, but they knew that their skills were needed elsewhere. As the leaders of the church, their focus needed to be on preaching the Gospel and bringing new believers to Christ. Instead of trying to split their focus, they decided to look for other people who could be trusted to take on this important duty. They searched for seven men who were full of the Holy Spirit and Wisdom. These seven deacons would take over the food distribution to ensure that this administrative task was taken care of without taking the Twelve’s focus off of the ministry.
In our churches today, we may face similar issues. There is so much to be done in a vibrant, growing church, so it is important that duties be delegated properly. Are you a leader in your church? If so, you know that the demands on your time can be daunting. Even people with excellent time management skills can quickly become bogged down in administrative details if they try to take on too many tasks. As leaders of the church today, our focus should be exactly the same as the focus of the Twelve. We should spend the majority of our time bringing new people to Christ and making disciples. When other duties come up and it becomes necessary to find others to delegate these tasks to, we would do well to follow the model set forth by the Twelve in our passage. We should look for others who are full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom to help take on some of our responsibilities. If you are not a leader in your church today, are you making your skills and talents available to the leadership? Are you open to having duties delegated to you and helping in the mission to spread the Word of God throughout the world one step at a time? Remember that we all have a role to play in building the church. We could all easily just sit back and become a “consumer” at church, but when we truly have a heart for service and we understand that it takes everyone pitching in to reach as many people for Christ as possible, we will realize that being a consumer is not enough. When we all do our part, the church becomes so much more than just four walls – the church fulfills its destiny of being the bride of Christ, and we can all be a part of that.
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