What did the recipe call for when seven men were sought among the disciples to serve? Just three main ingredients were needed for the perfect recipe:
2. Being filled with wisdom
3. Being filled with the Holy Spirit
A perfect resume? No. An Ivy League education? No. Advanced placement courses in high school? No. Great connections? No. Tons of experience? No. A great memory? No. Lots of self confidence? No. An awesome application? No. But isn’t this exactly what the world calls for when it comes to getting a great job? Perhaps, but this application isn’t for answering the world’s call. This recipe is all about serving God.
So if I can’t get these ingredient in traditional worldly ways, just how exactly can I get what’s needed to serve God?
Honesty? It’s my choice.
Wisdom? All I need to do is ask the Lord. Not only does He give me Himself, but He gives me His Word. Talk about wisdom.
Jas 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
The Holy Spirit? Ask the Lord.
Luk 11:13 “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
So what happened to those that were chosen? Just take a look at Stephen. No mention of his resume, his education, his connections, his experience, his memory, his self confidence, or his application. Stephen had faith. And Stephen had power. The Holy Spirit. And see in Acts 6 just what he accomplished with and for the Lord.
I have one word to say to all of this.
I take that back. I have a second word. The most important of all.
Act 6:1 “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
Act 6:2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
Act 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
Act 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
Act 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
Act 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
Act 6:7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Act 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
Act 6:9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
Act 6:10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.”