Today’s Bible Reading: Acts 6
Acts 6, written by Dr. Luke, the author of the books of Luke and Acts (and a physician by trade), demonstrates better than most chapters of the Bible the heart of the early church. When the Greek followers complained that they were being discriminated against, a solution was immediately sought, decided on, and implemented, in unity. Can you imagine such a thing happening these days? Verse 5 (NIV) says, “This proposal pleased the whole group.” How did this happen? Because the followers proceeded in love, trusting and submitting to their spiritual leaders. That is uncommon in churches today. Why? Well, because we each want what we want, and our current cultural narrative tells us we are entitled to have it! This is not the community that Jesus talked about! Jesus called us to submit to each other, in love. Moreover, we are to submit to our pastors, who should be expending their energy and gifts in “ministry of the word of God, and prayer.” I shudder to think how much time our pastors and ministry leaders spend on controversies about worship style, preaching style, Bible translations, baptism styles—and, oh, my goodness—a preach-off!
When, through prayerful consideration and movement by the Holy Spirit, you decide that God is directing you to make a particular church your spiritual home, you clear the way for God to use you in the work he has for that particular body of Christ. This is done through loving submission to the church’s leadership. Acts 6:5 says the group chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, as well as others who were well respected and full of the Spirit and wisdom, to do the work, and as a result, the number of disciples increased rapidly (v.7).
Submission is not a popular concept in our world today, yet this is the example we are shown. Why is it so hard for us to have confidence that our spiritual leaders are worthy of our trust? Granted, there are examples of those who have been unworthy. Of course, you must do your due diligence in checking out a church’s beliefs and vision of ministry. But once you commit, jump in wholeheartedly!
Have you submitted your life to Jesus? Is he the leader of your life? Have you put yourself under the spiritual authority of your church leaders?
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Lord God, thank you for those you have placed in leadership over me. Help me trust them and the work you are doing through them. Give me a desire to submit my heart to your will and the courage to be obedient to the direction you are calling me in, regardless of the outcome. Amen.
This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people who God used to start CedarCreek 21 years ago, and was on staff until 2013. She and her husband Mike love to travel the country in their motor home with their kitties Jane & Mary. Lauri is passionate about prayer, and about helping women discover who they are in Christ. She doesn’t tweet but you can follow her and Mike’s adventures on Facebook.
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