When a problem was identified among them, the leaders gathered the disciples together to discover the source of their dissent. Once the issue was identified, the Twelve determined a need to appoint others to assist in administrative tasks, so they selected those who were full of faith and of the Holy Spirit. “They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.” (Acts 6:6)
We are given a great model of how to run things well, through the example set by the early church. Even if the arena is not a church setting, wisdom ought to direct leaders to gather and identify those who are gifted with strengths in the areas of need, and then those selected ought to be placed in a position to perform the given tasks, with the blessing of the leadership. Thriving businesses, schools, corporations and churches, all seem to utilize this model. No one leader attempts to do everything, but rather those meant to lead, keep the main things the main things, and delegate administrative tasks to individuals who are gifted in those given areas.
How can we be a part of the solution, rather than perpetuating the problem? If we see a need, we can help fill it if we are able; if not, we can identify the lack, and bring it to the attention of those who are in charge. Our ability to help is often limited more by our willingness, rather than our skill set. If we have a heart after God and a mind set to serve, there is likely something that we can contribute. May we each be willing to do whatever He calls us to do.
recognize a need;
to the Lord, they heed.
For the faithful,
in whom Spirit dwells;
ready to move,
to answer Him well.
May we be those,
on whom they can call;
willing to answer,
trusted to install.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us an example of how things ought to be, through the example of the early church. Thank You that You still provide the very same faith and Holy Spirit in us, that You did in them, to allow us to operate in the same way. Forgive us for grumbling rather than taking action or seeking answers, and help us to be willing and available to be part of the solution. May we help take the weight off of those You have placed in leadership positions, so that they may best do that which You have called and equipped them to do. Let our lives lived in love be both an encouragement to the faithful and a witness to those who know You not. May many be drawn unto You, and come to know You as their personal Savior. Be glorified in all that we say and do, and let Your authority be evident among the body of believers. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.