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Following on from Pentecost Sunday’s talk on the work of the Spirit, I have been reading through the book of Acts and noting the work of the Holy Spirit in the church. I was reminded of how high the early Christians viewed every service they offered to others and to God in the church.

In Acts 6, we are told of how a dispute arose in the church because the Hellenist (Jewish diaspora’s who adopted some of the Greek culture) Christians felt their widows were being neglected in the daily food rations. As a result, the Apostles stepped in to find a solution. What was their solution?

Acts 6:3, “Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty”.

Often, we are quick to perceive some tasks in the church as spiritual and others as unspiritual. There are tasks we expect those who are considered matured and spiritual to do, and others, we just appoint anyone (even if they are an unbeliever) to do. Yet, in this passage, we see how the Apostles didn’t consider the serving of food as a menial task. Their requirement was that, they must be people of good repute and FULL OF THE SPIRIT and wisdom.

The question that has lingered in my mind is; if these seven men needed the infilling of the Spirit to serve food, then what don’t we need the Holy Spirit for?

My prayer for you is to be filled with the Holy Spirit in all that you do for God’s glory.



Chris Eke