The Flight of the Worker Bees

5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. Acts 6:5-6

There were twelve Apostles and seven Deacons. We didn’t read much about the Deacons except for Phillip and Stephen, but they obviously continued serving the people. They had a significant role in the early Church but they were virtually unknown. Their deeds were not broadcast to the masses and after this passage, we don’t see them again in Scripture.

It’s a perfect model for the church: preachers and teachers, and the “worker bees.” They all have a role in building the church. For every preacher and teacher, the Church needs a dozen ore more worker bees to make it all happen.

Recently a man came to a pastor wanting to serve in the church. He said he would do anything to further the kingdom. “Well, you’re just in luck. Our janitor resigned today …” The man was not heard from again. Why not? He didn’t understand the importance of ministry and service to the local body. He wanted to do something “glamorous.”

Every church is made up of servants of all stripes. Some serve in the pulpit and classroom, while others serve in the kitchen or grounds crew. None of those jobs are more important than the other. Consider the jobs you’re performing in your church. Enjoy the privilege it is to serve others.

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