“…and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch. And they brought these men before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them. The word of God kept spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.” – (Acts 6:5-7)
Quite a number of Christians assume that their Spiritual gifting is too small to make any difference. Besides we have been made to think that ministry can only happen at the stage and that not much can can be accomplished behind the scenes.
But let me surprise you with the fact that the First Church and to be precise the Church of Jesus Christ grows through off stage spiritual gifts. People who faithfully serve by meeting the needs of others impact on the church’s growth the most.
From today’s scripture, many of us know the first two deacons Stephen, who became the first martyr, and Philip, who famously led the Ethiopian Eunuch to Jesus in Acts 8. But do you recognize the names of Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, Nicolaus?
Even when we study the bible, we likely forget to notice these names. But they were among the Church’s first deacons and they met the Church’s needs through selfless acts of quiet service.
These names teach us about “off stage” spiritual gifting. They show us the fruits that come when the Body of Christ work in a concerted effort. They’re the the ones with gifts like helps and mercy. They may not have a microphone, but they certainly have an impact.
After these seven servant-leaders were prayed for and commissioned, the word of God continued to increase and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly. Notice also that “a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7).
The Holy Spirit moves in incredible ways when the Body of Jesus works in harmony with the spiritual gifts He’s given us. That’s how it was for the New Testament church, and that is how it should be with us today.
May be you have an off stage spiritual gift that you are or are not using. It is time to embrace these gifts and joyfully serve people. You will notice the difference.
© Wisdom from Above 2021
Rev. Bobby K. Ndung’u
📢 Christian Missionary
Day’s Prayer Emphasis
Today we commit to pray for peace and prosperity of our nation. Pray for our leaders. Pray for the world and her peace. Pray for war torn countries and places with other challenges.
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Day 157 – Psalms 1-8