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