Tuesday Re-mix –
those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. Acts 6:1-6
I think I was made a partner in my law firm pretty close to the same year I was ordained as a deacon in my church. To be honest, they felt quite a bit the same to me. In both cases, I felt like I was being recognized for some qualities and characteristics which, in reality, I may or may not have possessed. In both cases it felt like an achievement, an honor, a privilege and a terrifying responsibility all at the same time. In both cases, it would cost me, but I was more than happy to pay the price. In both cases, it meant stepping up into both servanthood and leadership. Both occasions were spiritual markers in my life…and, in both cases, the “honor” raised a great deal more questions in my mind than it answered.
You see, in the “law …