21 Days of Devotion
Read Acts 6:1-7:60
As the church grew, there was great need amongst those that had been added to the body of believers — particularly widows who could not provide for themselves. The Apostles know that they are called to “prayer and ministry of the Word,” however, they are certain that the truth of the Gospel must be lived out in the caring for those among them. In an effort to ensure that both of these tasks are lead, they elect seven dedicated men to oversee the administration of physical needs. There is a deep and abiding connection between the power of the Gospel to transform and that transformation being expressed in the goodwill and generosity of believers. From the Church’s earliest stages, this connection was understood and live out. Today, our churches must seek to faithfully ensure that those among us are cared for, not in a vague humanitarian sense, but in direct response to the teaching of God’s Word.
“Wherever man may stand, whatever he may do, to whatever he may apply his hand, in agriculture, in commerce, and in industry, or his mind, in the world of art, and science, he is, in whatever it may be, constantly standing before the face of his God. He is employed in the service of his God, he has strictly to obey his God, and above all, he has to aim at the glory of his God.”
– Abraham Kuyper