Today’s Reading: Acts 6:1-15
No church can be effective in ministry and in growing both numerically and spiritually without the intentional development of spiritual leaders.
In our reading from Acts 6, the church is still very young but growing VERY FAST. Last count was 5,000 men whom theologians claim could have easily been 15 to 20,000 members including the women and children. Consider also the lack of ability to communicate (they were from many different countries). Attempting to spiritually feed the church while also dealing with the sin in the Body and trying to satisfy the administrative needs was impossible. So we see the church intentional organizing to meet the needs of the Body.
He was a man “full of wisdom” or “good reputation” (Acts 6:3) “Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.” The root of the word report is the same as that from which we derive the term “witness” or “martyr.” To be “full of wisdom” denotes a good witness. This is a rare characteristic in these days, but it is a New Testament standard for those who hold leadership responsibilities in the life of the church.
So many people call themselves witnesses, but are not honest. Deep down in their hearts they know they are not martyrs for Jesus Christ. A martyr is not made by death, but is discovered at death. Unless you are a living martyr you can never be a dying one. This calls for a willingness to die daily to sin and self; it demands purity of motive and honesty of purpose, in order that the Christ-life might shine through. Philip was a godly, consistent Christian. Can that be said of you?
Don’t take a position of leadership in the church unless you are prepared to be honest, pure, and loving in your lifestyle. Leadership is a privilege, and with privilege comes responsibility. God holds teachers of His truth doubly responsible because we who lead are in a position where we can either draw people toward Christ or drive them away from Him.
Philip’s brief biography has been left us by the Holy Spirit in order to present us with a challenge. Are you a dedicated partner in our local church? Can it be said of us that we are men and women who are disciples of Jesus Christ daring to make a difference! We are characterized by a common sense under the control of the Holy Spirit? If not, why not? If not now, when?