So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
— Acts 6:7 (context = Acts 6:1-7)
At a quick read through this chapter in the book of Acts, one might give credit to the apostles for the word of God spreading so rapidly, because they were the main ones preaching the gospel. However, in context it is obvious that credit isn’t given to the apostles, but rather to 7 men who were given a job that most people would see as second-rate. The apostles needed to turn over their work of serving food to widows so that their time would be freed up to preach. In a culture that is consumed with advancing self, most people in the church of America would take offense to be asked to wait on tables so that others can preach. However, it is forever penned in the word of God that because of these men’s faithfulness in a seemingly minor “helps-ministry”, the word of God spread and large numbers of people were saved. This, however, is not a “get out of witnessing free card”. One of the 7 men was Stephen, the first Christian martyr, killed for preaching the gospel.
Do not think little of any ministry that is dedicated to helping spread the gospel, even if it’s waiting tables or cleaning toilets. Be faithful in your own ministry to the Lord, no matter how insignificant it may seem in the natural. Trust God that it will bring eternal rewards. Be like Stephen, who while assisting others who were in the “lime-light” was also faithful in verbally preaching the gospel.
Heavenly Father, help me to display the faithfulness of your servants who were willing to serve tables behind the scenes to enable those who were in the spotlight spreading your word. I pray that my service to you would enable your word would go forth in the world and lead to people getting saved. Help me minister in faith knowing that my work for you is not in vain. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!