We ordained two new deacons last night at Heritage Park. They're great men who walk with Jesus and have been used in our little corner of the Kingdom to extend it. I was proud to be a part of it and grateful for the opportunity.
In their ordination charge, I shared the passage from Acts 6.1-7. One of the great surprises in that passage to me is how it ends. The widows' needs were going unmet because of the growth in the church. When it all shook out, Stephen and a crew were ordained to ministry.
The surprise for me is that it never mentions the widows again. I fully assume that the widows' needs were indeed met. But at the end of the passage, it says three things happened...
The Word of God increased
The number of disciples multiplied
Even priests came to faith
When the deacons served, the Word went forward, multiplication happened, and people you wouldn't expect came to know Christ. I hope that's the case with the church I pastor and of which you are a part.
But that's just me thinking thoughts...