by Randy Chambers, 2015-08-17
Acts 6:1, NIV: In 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.
The church was young, and its members uncertain. They had not been a Christian church before and they did not have an example to follow. How to be a church was a matter being worked out by God’s grace, through the Spirit’s leadership, in the likeness of Christ, and having love one for another. And so they struggled to grow, and to learn, and to become what God intended His church to be. Within the process there arose on occasion disagreement, and sometimes disunity. But the church and its mission being of far greater importance than the wants of the individual is something that had to be held in higher esteem. People had to put aside hurt feelings and personal expectations. They had to work for, and sometimes fight for, the greater good; not through dictating the ‘right’ way to do church, but by learning to love the way Christ loves us. It takes a great deal of grace, understanding, love, and patience to be a part of the diverse gathering of people called ‘the church.’ It takes a unified heart within in the church to accomplish its purpose. And it takes individuals willing to sacrifice personal expectations to ensure the church exhibits love for Christ, and His love for others.