It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. —Acts 6:2

 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. —Act 6:4

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 6:7

            The Lord has given each of us a spiritual gift or gifts and we are to apply these in the work He has prepared for us (I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 2:10). Prayer and God’s Word are to be at the forefront of ministry.

            The Apostles delegated the responsibility of “serving tables” to others so they could focus on the ministry of Word and prayer. Here is where the primary focus of our life needs to be.   We listen to what God has to say to us and talk with Him how to fulfill His desires. We grow and mature in knowing Him through conversing with Him and then obeying what He says.

            We need today that devotion the early church had to prayer and the Word of God. We need to be a whole lot more sensitive to God’s desires for us and to know His desires is to spend more time with Him to know Him and then to make Him known. Will we make this type of commitment to Him? As a follower of Jesus am I going to just “get by” and follow at a distance or am I going to follow closely behind my Lord and do His will. May this be our heart’s desire. Yes, dear Father I truly want to know You more and to be more faithful to You. This is my heart’s desire and may it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it.

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