Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Everybody's job

Stephen, Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch (a convert to Judaism) were the first seven deacons. If we read the text, we find that they were appointed to make sure the widows were taken care of and to "wait on tables" so the apostles could do the important work of praying and ministering the word.

So, the apostles go out teaching and these guys stay home and make sure things are running smoothly, right? Nope. Stephen is out preaching to the Sanhedrin and forfeits his life. Philip goes to Samaria, casts out demons and makes disciples. We don't hear what the other gents get up to, but I'm willing to wager that it's similar.

Were these guys forsaking their responsibilities? Were they speaking out of turn? Were they rebelling against the agreed-upon plan? No. They were doing what they were commanded to do - make disciples.

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