The New Testament church grew so fast that the apostles couldn’t keep up with it. So they said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word” (vv. 2-4 NIV). As a result the Word of God spread, the church kept growing, and key leaders in the city of Jerusalem were won to Christ. It’s vital that you discover the area where you add the most value—and stay there. Why don’t we? (1) Turf guarding. We think, “This is my job; nobody does it but me.” Just because you’ve always done a particular job doesn’t mean you should keep doing it. What if God wants to write a new chapter in your life? (2) Being overloaded. People with too much on their plate tend to reject the very thing that will help them, thinking it’s just one more burden to carry. (3) The martyr complex. When complaining about your lot in life gets you the attention of others, you make it a lifestyle. But it doesn’t work. People begin to avoid you because they don’t see you doing anything to change the situation. (4) Not knowing what’s “right” for you. Only when the apostles delegated the administrative side of things to others and got back to what they were called to do, did things start to go right. Think about it.
Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 8:02 AM CDT