You Don’t Need a Platform to Serve ~ Reflections from Acts

“Now at this time… a complaint developed on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. Instead, brothers and sisters, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” The announcement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch… And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. But they were unable to cope with his wisdom and the Spirit by whom he was speaking….”⠀

Acts 6:1-8,10,15 NASB⠀

Stephen is definitely one of my New Testament heroes. What he beautifully demonstrates is the work of a deacon. Deacons are appointed and ordained just like elders and yet their role is different. As we can see in this passage from Acts 6, they take care of the practical aspects of serving the needs of the Church while the elders are more concerned with spiritual oversight. They are just as important as elders but they don’t have a platform.⠀

Many seek a platform not knowing the pitfalls that come with it. It is not as glamorous as it looks. There is great joy in serving in sometimes menial ways. I know I personally prefer to serve this way. There is great joy in doing simple, kind acts for people that nobody sees. And guess what? You can still move in miracles, signs and wonders just like Stephen did. You don’t need a platform for those. God sees and He rewards you accordingly. You don’t need a platform to serve God and others well.⠀

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