Waiting on tables

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. 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. 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. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 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: 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 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. Acts 6:1-7

In the early days of the church, they had to appoint people to wait on tables. Apparently, everyone in the church was so busy with prayer and evangelizing that there wasn’t anyone taking care of the widows. The early church was so on fire that they were accused of turning the world upside down.

And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Acts 17:6

Now, however, we have turned the church upside down. They had everyone praying and preaching the word that they had to appoint people to serve tables. Today, we have everyone willing to serve tables and such that we almost have to appoint people to pray and evangelize.

Oh! I pray we get back to the point where everyone is burdened for the lost that we have to appoint people to serve tables.

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