In Acts 6, Luke records a complaint rising from the Greek speaking Jews about their widows being overlooked in the daily giving of food in favor of the native Jews. The apostles got the congregation together to fix the issue. The apostles knew that they could not handle these problems and be focused on the ministry of the Word of God and prayer. Therefore, they agreed with the congregation to choose seven men of good reputation and full of the Spirit and wisdom to handle this problem. The word of God was having a tremendous impact so that the number of disciples was growing greatly. Some Jews did not like this and began to argue with Stephen, one of the seven who the Lord was using to do great things. These Jews began saying false things against Stephen for the purpose of raising up opposition against him. The thing that stands out to me is the statement in verse 7, “The word of God kept spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.” It was the Word of God that was bringing about change in the lives of people. Nothing can supplant the importance of the Word of God in the local church, for it is through God’s Word empower by the Holy Spirit that new life comes. Lord, help me always to keep Your Word as the foundational priority in my life. Help me to, by Your Grace, live it out, preach it, and encourage others to do the same. Lord, may our local church always keep Your Word as a priority and trust You to bring about change through it.
– Bryan McKenzie