(Acts 6) – Worthy servants.
This passage, as well as Exodus 18, reveals the need for delegation in a healthy ministry.
It was becoming increasingly difficult for the Apostles to focus on their responsibilities (given by Christ) with all the ministry that was going on around them.
Goes to show that sometimes good things can get in the way of great things.
It’s not to say that the service being asked of them wasn’t great, it just wasn’t their role. Their primary focus was to be in another area.
They needed worthy servants to take up the task so that the body of Christ could keep moving forward powerfully.
And that is exactly what happened. When each part of the body jumps in to do whatever is needed, powerful ministry takes place.
The criteria had so much more to do with their character than their skill; their availability rather than their ability. They were humble, godly people.
We can’t rely on 20% of the people to do 80% of the ministry. It exhausts them and doesn’t accurately reflect what Christ intended for His church.
100% of the people doing 100% of the work. That is Christ’s model.
And even though someone like Stephen was asked to serve as his primary task, God still gave him many opportunities to share the good news about Jesus.
That’s the thing with the body of Christ…you may be primarily focusing on one area of ministry because of giftedness or need, but that doesn’t mean you can’t minister in other ways with the rest of your time.
You don’t need an official platform to be obedient to the Lord.
Stephen was a powerful speaker, as we’ll soon see. God was with him, and that’s a great thing to have said about someone.