Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait on tables. Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.” What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:1-7, NRSV)
Have you ever found yourself asking the question, “What can I do?”
We seem to get caught in this web of deceit, seems like a good way for the devil to work. What can one person do?
Well Martin Luther would tell us we all have a gift to use in service to God, and we serve in the way He called us to we free others to use their gifts.
You see the apostles were serving food and distributing things. Which is not bad work, but was work that needed to be done by someone else so the apostles could do what they needed to. We all have a gift to use in the ministry of God, and by doing it we free others to use their gifts.
So know you are chosen to a task in the mission of God.
So what can you do?