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.
Have you ever gone to a restaurant and received absolutely perfect service? The server was absolutely delighted to be waiting on you; everything was timed just right; you never had an empty glass; everything was spot on! What about the opposite? Seemed like the server could not even look at you for annoyance; nothing was in sync; you received something you never ordered; the timing was horrendous! Broad spectrum; most of the time we receive service somewhere in the middle. What’s the point?
How good are you at serving tables? I am not talking about at the local restaurant. I am talking about the tables God has placed in your area for you to serve!
The twelve apostles in this passage realized they had a specific duty, a specified “table” to serve: prayer and ministering the word. When they were notified of a need in the body, they knew they were not the ones to be used to meet that need. There were other believers who would meet that need. The twelve did not lack the ability; they lacked the priority. They knew and understood the LORD’s will for their lives was to be in prayer and to be ministering the word; that was their priority. Fulfilling one would lead to unfulfilling the other. Knowing this to be a legitimate need and desiring it to be fulfilled, they enlisted help! They asked for helpers to be chosen, meeting certain criteria, so they could be appointed to carry out this duty, to serve this “table.”
Point one: Those who can, do! God gave each one of us unique talents, abilities, strengths, weaknesses, such that we would fit perfectly together as an assembly; each one carrying out our specified duties in the will of the LORD. Will there be overlaps? Yes, more than likely. That is when prioritization and sharing the load are taken into account. If you have a talent that overlaps with many other believers but another talent does not; maybe the LORD desires you to work in the area that is lacking! Find where you fit in and plug yourself in! Don’t be afraid of change either. If someone comes along who is better at a certain task, share with them and see if that is the LORD asking you to move to another area to use a different talent He has given you. The life of a Christian is a life of change!
Point two: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Along with the uniqueness that God has given each one of us, He has given us a specific capacity. With capacity the question is not that of ability or talent, it is a question of time. This commonality among man requires prioritization. We may have the talent, but do we have the time? We can assume that the tasks we take on our plate are legitimate and should be accomplished, the question is by whom? Just as in point one, we must use prioritization and sharing the load to achieve completion of tasks. When the task is too big or you do not have the time, enlist the help of fellow believers!
In the local restaurant there are hosts, waiters, busboys, chefs, cooks, managers, and owners. Each one has a specific task to accomplish. Do they overlap in areas? Yes, they do and a good manager will tell you for sake of and ease of flow at times there is a lot!
It is no different in our serving the tables the LORD has placed in front of us. We each have a specific duty according to the talents or abilities God has placed within us. Those who can, do! And don’t be afraid to ask for help! How well do you serve tables?