And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they choseÂ Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch.Â – (Acts 6:5)
At this crucial moment in the life of the early church, theÂ people joined together to look for leaders to help take care of theÂ needy widows among them. While the task appears to be a “physical”Â task — taking care of hungry widows — the men chose to take careÂ of this task had to be spiritual men. Spiritual in this contextÂ means men of faith and men full of Holy Spirit.
Let’s see this as aÂ reminder that all of God’s work is spiritual and all who serve needÂ to be spiritual as well!
Prayer : O Father, forgive us for segmenting our lives into spiritual andÂ secular categories. Deep in our hearts, we know that all of ourÂ lives are to be lived under the influence and guidance of your HolyÂ Spirit. Help us be discerning as we try to find those to lead andÂ serve in every area of our lives as your people so that what we doÂ and how we do it will reflect your holy character and your graciousÂ compassion. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.