3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” NKJV
In the 6th chapter of Acts we see that the early church was experiencing growing pains. A church is a gathering of believers. Getting together with other believers is something that God says He blesses. (So if you aren’t regularly attending a Spirit-filled, Bible-believing church, then don’t expect God to bless what you are doing). But as with all groups; with more people, come more problems. If you don’t deal with the problems, they will come to bite you later.
This church had some logistical or communication problem that started among the members. There was concerned that a certain group of widows were not being taken care of like the others. People started getting upset. The friends of Jesus Christ dealt with it quickly. They appointed people to help make sure things were done right. They delegated the work and didn’t try to do everything themselves. Church is a team, and that is exactly what they did. But what type of people did they select to be leaders in the church?
Acts 6:3 says they picked people
1) Of good reputation
2) Full of the Holy Spirit
3) And, full of wisdom
It is one thing to be smart. If you work at a company, usually the smart people get promoted (there are some exceptions but they usually don’t last long or the company doesn’t last long). In God’s Kingdom smart is not good enough. You have to have a proven record, a good reputation. On top of having this history of being consistent and being smart (full of wisdom), there is one other trait that unbelievers can never have. You have to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Being filled with God’s Spirit is being filled with God. You know His heart, His will for the situation. With God filling you, you can never be beat.
Posted on 30 January, 2007