Emanna for 02/25/2020
A Pattern of Serving in the Body
Acts 6:1 And in these days, as the disciples were multiplying in number, a murmuring of the Hellenists against the Hebrews occurred, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily dispensing. (3) But brothers, look for seven well-attested men from among you, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint over this need. Words of Ministry
The apostles told the multitude to select seven well-
attested men from among them to be appointed over the need
[of serving tables]
. Since these seven were chosen to serve tables, they may be considered deacons, just as those whom Paul and his co-workers appointed later in the churches (Rom. 16:1; Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3:8). Of the seven who were selected as deacons, two-Stephen and Philip--had particular gifts. From Stephen's speaking in chapter seven we can realize that he was a great teacher. His long speech indicates that he was knowledgeable in God's Word. Stephen's teaching was rich, powerful, and full of significance. Philip also had a particular gift, and he was eventually manifested to be a great evangelist. Although Stephen and Philip had particular gifts, when they were selected to serve tables, they willingly served. Here we have a good example. Some who have particular gifts may not be willing to serve tables. For example, suppose a certain brother is an excellent teacher. If he is selected to serve as a deacon, he may be unhappy and say, "Don't you realize that I am a teacher of the Word? Why do you ask me to serve as a deacon?" But from the example of Stephen and Philip we see that no matter what kind of particular gift we may have, if we are selected to serve tables, we should be willing to serve. When we are asked to serve, even if it is to clean the restroom, we should serve willingly. Instead of murmuring, Stephen and Philip did a good job in serving tables.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life- study of Acts, pp.157-158. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.