Devotions for Wednesday, August 10, 2016

6:1 Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait on tables. Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.” What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Acts 6:1-7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Discussion: How might we deepen our commitment to care for our brothers and sisters who are in need?

Prayer: Compassionate God, your Son moved among us with power and might, healing and restoring those who needed his touch. Empower our congregation, that it might be an instrument of healing in our time, that through our care, others may come to know your love. Amen.