13th December 2017

Pigeonholed

“We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program.”
Acts 6:2 (NLT)

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.” Shakespeare’s words from Twelfth Night still rings true today. We may not see the greatness in everybody, but it is there and will emerge in God’s good timing.

The book of the Acts of the Apostles was written just after Christ’s death and resurrection. With the Church at its practical inception, it should have been an exciting time but, as is usually the case with humans, it descended into gripes and complaints. The church was sharing everything but people thought it was not being done fairly—for example, the Greek-speaking did not feel that the Hebrew-speaking were sharing equally (Acts 6:1).

There is no room for discrimination in God’s world, neither in God’s Church (Acts 10:34). Rather, we are to look at people how God does, that is, differently, by looking at the heart (1Samuel 16:7), and stop evaluating others from a human point of view (2 Corinthians 5:16). Sometimes we, if we’re honest, can feel a bit deflated with the church job we get. It can sometimes feel like being back in school, being picked for a team or a special class opportunity; hands go up “me, me, me!” and the groans and sighs each time we are not picked. But remember, God looks not on the outward appearance but on the heart. He doesn’t see us as limited by anything.

Stephen didn’t waver at the first sign of danger; rather he boldly proclaimed Christ, giving the people an extended history lesson bringing them right up to present day and was rewarded by a vision of God’s throne – and shared that too, much to their chagrin! (Acts 7: 56-7). At the first sign of trouble, Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, without hesitation, drank from Christ’s cup! Stephen when they came to arrest him, could have held back and let the apostles address the Council, but he didn’t. Like Stephen, we can’t allow ourselves to have limitations placed on us. Jesus Himself said that through God all things are possible (Matthew 16:19).

Prayer
Father, we thank You for being so selfless and inspiring. You lift us up, encourage us and guide us to our potential despite human obstacles. We are grateful for Your patience, understanding and guidance. We pray through Jesus’ name that we stay humble and serve wherever we can.
Amen

Study by Jackee Brown

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About the Author:
Jackee Brown is a member in the Worldwide Church of God UK Congregation in London, a part of Grace Communion International .

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
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Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Martin Ryan
Phone: 07958 386944
Email: martin_ryan@wcg.org.uk

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