Stephen, a man full of the Holy Ghost

Often, we think that only the Pastor or elders in church should be spirit filled or ought to bear the fruits of the Holy Ghost. Yet, as born again Christians we are all ministers of reconciliation, with a crucial role to play in the Kingdom of God. You may not know what your role is or you may know but feel that your role is insignificant compared to what others are doing. Therefore, you don’t see the need to be filled with the Holy Ghost, to be prayerful or to live the life that Christ purchased on the cross of Calvary for you.

However, the Bible tells us that, “But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word” [Luke 6:1-4, NLT]. 

What role were the Apostles trying to fill? Was it for someone to lead praise and worship or prayer or for someone to take over a seemingly important group in the church? No, far from it. They were looking for people to distribute food (nothing of seemingly spiritual importance) and yet the qualification for this position was that they finalists were to be “well respected and full of the Spirit and Wisdom”. 

Yet, who would have thought that a member of the early church Food program would be used so to convict the church elders and to set Saul (Paul) on the course that He would take to be later used so mightily by God. This man was Stephen and He was described as “a man full of God’s grace and power, performing amazing miracles and signs among the people” [Luke 6:8, NLT]. Wait, I thought this man was distributing food. Where did He come from performing sign and miracles?

That is what happens when you are filled with the Holy Ghost, with God’s wisdom and with His power, regardless of what position you have in church. No matter where you find yourself, God will move mightily through you as you are faithful in the position you have been given. After all, “it is not by might, nor by power but by the Spirit of God, says the Lord of Hosts” [Zechariah 4:6]. 

Have you been assigned to welcome people to church, or to be an usher, or to read announcements or the Bible, or to clean, or to be an instrumentalist or praise and worship leader/member or prayer leader. Whatever it is, what your hands have found to do, do it well but don’t depend on your talents or physical abilities, rather depend on God and in His might. You do this by prayer and by the Word.

Leaders, by what criteria are we selecting leaders and members for our groups? Are we choosing by resume type qualities or we choosing using our spiritual lenses. Look at what a Spirit-filled food program member was able to accomplish and ask if you have passed many Stephens by in your church, because they didn’t fit your human criteria.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. qwamina says:

    Good word!! God bless you!


  2. Eugene Foli says:

    Kabayaaa! Great Words.. It is important to be filled with the Spirit, no matter the role you play! Amazing thoughts.. I remember in one place Paul said “I magnify my office”. He had the role of taking the gospel to the Gentiles, who were considered outcasts and not worthy of God’s promises, but what did Paul do? He magnified his office; he gave dignity to his office.. from inside him, he made this ministry to the gentiles a beautiful thing!! Glory to God!!


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