Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.
There are the criteria for selecting local church leadership: good reputation, filled with the Spirit and demonstrated wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Luke could have written that the individuals must demonstrate the Fear of the LORD, but he was led to spelling it out for us. This must be our guide for everything that needs to be done among our congregation. It is a guide as we practice "all member ministry" among us. Everything from elder-ship to janitor-ship must be filled by someone who lives in the Fear of the LORD.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 66
Evening: Psalm 142
"Voices Together" is available as an annual daily devotional and can be purchased at theFellowship Of Ailbe bookstore. A weekly edition, formatted as a bi-fold insert and suitable for distribution can be downloaded at https://www.ailbe.org/resources/itemlist/category/52-general-downloads. The next edition is available by Thursday of the prior week.