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. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:1-4
The disciples wisely separated the division of labor between the physical needs vs. the spiritual needs. Both were important, as they are today. Notice, though, that the requirements for being a deacon required a person to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. So even though their duties were to help with widows, they had to have wisdom and be just as Godly to carry it out.
They were representing the Church (as it was being form). People all around them were watching them. They wanted to see “the real deal.” The Believers were obviously getting a reputation for preaching, teaching, and caring for others. Some would say that the Deacons’ ministry was more important than those sent out preaching because they were putting hands to the plow, so to speak.
As many of you know, this is an area I feel strongly about. “Help” ministries are not as glamorous and exciting as those who preach to the masses, but their job is important. People are observing you too. They may not “get” you but they are watching you.
Keep doing what you’re doing. What you’re doing is important for the Kingdom. Keep pressing on.