Community: Empowering

Yesterday we looked at a passage in the book of Acts where the twelve knew their identity and today we’re going to continue in this same passage. Even though we read these verses mere hours ago, I encourage you to read through these words again and see what stands out to you this time.

“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. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.”

Acts 6:1-7

Not only did the disciples know who they were, they empowered others to flex their own spiritual muscles.

Think about the options the twelve had at this point:

  1. Do everything themselves (this is the option Sarah would’ve picked) and see a decrease in preaching, teaching, healing, and overall sanity and joy.
  2. Do nothing and see widows not being cared for, accusations brought against them, and potential rioting in the streets.
  3. Empower others to do the task; it might not get done perfectly or the way they would’ve done it but ministry would happen and lives would be changed. In fact, empowering others might lead to a better result than had the twelve done it themselves.

Community is empowering. It’s a safe space for us to grow in {tweet this}. Does your community empower you? Do they allow you to try new things? Do they push you to flex your spiritual muscles? Do they encourage you to operate in your strengths? And, do you empower others in your community?

Let’s be people who know who we are in Christ and empower others to discover who they are in him.

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