READ: Acts 6:1-7
- Just a few episodes later, Luke records a case study of what is involved when a church seeks to have things in common—to be generous and caring. Each day people in need are receiving a distribution of food. In this case, it’s the widows that were involved. And, for some reason, the Greek widows are being overlooked. And that makes sense. It’s a Jewish community (Jerusalem) and at this point a Jewish church. But some of the widows have Greek as their primary language instead of Aramaic.
- It’s interesting that it’s not the widows who call attention to the oversight. Someone notices and brings it to the attention of the apostles. Once known, the need is immediately met. Men who can be trusted (there’s that word again) are tasked with the responsibility to see that all widows are cared for going forward. Because that’s the church’s way of doing things: “all things in common.”
- It doesn’t appear there was any intentionality behind the oversight. No one was purposefully slighted. It was simply an oversight. It happens. People are people and that doesn’t imply impropriety. And response was immediate. People determined what tasks needed to be done; selected appropriate people to do them; and they all went forward with a renewed determination.
- When have you felt slighted or overlooked?
- Describe a time when you stood up for someone you believed was being overlooked.
- How can a congregation become better at not overlooking anyone?
PRAY: Thank God for those who keep an eye out for those who have no voice. Pray that we never intentionally ignore a group of people. Ask God to help you be a catalyst to caring for others.