Acts Chapter 6 opens with the church growing in leaps and bounds. There’s a little dip in the road. The church leaders need to find capable men to help with the serving of the food. Ya’ll know food could make or break a church! Even back then.
Stephen is asked to lead and he’s got what it takes to make things happen.
“And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people.”
Is that hate I see on the horizons?
“And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away and brought him before the Council.”
They found “witnesses” and all to promote their personal defamation agenda of Stephen. We already know how this ends.
God’s people should remember a few things when it comes to leadership.
Start Off Small. Stephen was given the job of leading the food ministry! It doesn’t get more menial than this. He didn’t turn his nose up at the opportunity to bless the widows and those in need. Rather rolled up his sleeve and got to work.
Expect Opposition. You don’t get anywhere in life with people patting you on the back for a job well done. It’s a false sense of reality that can cause one to get complacent. Those of us who are value driven will face contention at every side. It comes with the servant-leadership territory.
God’s Got This. We spend way too much time wondering what people are saying about us and less time wondering what God is saying to us. He knows what’s best for us. He knew before your birth that you would be placed in circumstances that would stretch you beyond your own imagination. He also knew that there wasn’t any curveball thrown your way that you couldn’t catch.
Here’s the clincher people! Your naysayers, haters, whatever worthless word you choose to ascribe to people who shouldn’t matter one bit to you–well they will end up the sidelines of life wondering “what in the what?!”
“And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel.”
You aren’t the first nor will you be the last to walk through that tunnel called life, running along the way, walking sometimes, and dare I say even crawling. Keep your chin up and just shine.