Daily Bible Podcast Day 030 – Exodus 25-27, Acts 6

November 30, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.’” ~Acts 6:1-4

Observation:
The Hellenistic Jews were Jews who had adopted Greek culture. They would not likely have been looked upon favorable by the Hebraic Jews. That’s likely why their widows were being overlooked. The Twelve agree that this is a problem, but instead of dealing with it themselves, they come up with a plan to delegate it. They believe it to be a waste of their time, since they best serve the body elsewhere. Also, by delegating, they give an opportunity for others to serve and take on responsibility.

Application:
I’ve never really thought of delegation as being a spiritual issue before, but the writer of Acts clearly thinks this episode is important enough to include. The Twelve make the point that, even though this ministry is important, they are best suited for other tasks. I wonder what important tasks, both in and out of my ministry life I should stop doing and seek to delegate instead. I will be on the lookout for ways that I can give other responsibility while freeing myself to do what I should be doing.

Prayer:
Holy Spirit, confirm for me where I am most effective and let me discern when a certain task is something I should hand off. I want to leverage my gifts for maximum effect in Your Kingdom.

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