Have you ever thought, “My spiritual gifts are too small to make a difference…”?
Or maybe that work behind the scenes is less valuable to God?
…and even if you haven’t thought this, you likely know someone who has.
If so, today’s devotion is for you, and will show you:
- How the Church grows through “off stage” spiritual gifts.
- How key the people who faithfully serve by meeting the needs of others are.
- The fruit that comes when all of the Body’s parts work in concert.
Our devotional Bible verses are from Acts 6:5–7. Take the time to read them right now:
And what they said please the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.
And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
Acts 6:5–7 ESV
How the Church Grows Through “Off Stage” Spiritual Gifts
When you read the list of names in verse five, I bet you know the first two. Stephen, who became the first martyr, and Philip, who famously led the Ethiopian Eunuch to Jesus in Acts 8.
(And then teleported, btw. Yes, I want that spiritual gift.)
But do you recognize the names that follow?
Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, Nicolaus…
Honestly, I’ve studied the Bible for a long time—and I totally forgot about them. In a way, they were some some of the Church’s first deacons.
In my experience, these are often the people who meet the Church’s needs through selfless acts of quiet service.
And this is what I mean by “off stage” spiritual gifts. They’re the folks with gifts like helps and mercy. They may not have a microphone, but they certainly have an impact.
Look What Happened…
After these servant-leaders were prayed for and commissioned, look what happened in verse seven.
- “The word of God continued to increase…”
- “The number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem…”
- “And a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.”
The Holy Spirit moves in incredible ways when the Body of Jesus works in harmony with the spiritual gifts he’s given us. That’s how it was for the New Testament church.
…and that’s how it still is today.
Do you have “off stage” spiritual gifts? Are you embracing them and joyfully serving people?
Today’s devotion by Jordan Loftis, author of The Men With Bare Feet and host of The Bible Better Podcast.