May 30, 2023 – Tuesday
Acts 6:1 NIV
1 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.
I chose this verse as today was a food ministry day for our church and eight other churches or ministries.. Throughout the heat of the morning and early afternoon (up to 85 degrees) on asphalt we sorted food into different groups for all the ministries there.
I know at least a few widows are supported and today a widower was added as well to those we support. Plus, we share plenty of food with another ministry that helps feed the hungry locally, another that helps up to a dozen families, and then there is plenty left over for another ministry in Urbana, the Caring Kitchen. All of this along with helping those within our own church.
Why do I mention this? As shown in our verse of the day, 1 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, the church even in its earliest days was concerned about feeding the needy, and especially widows. Thus, if at all possible, churches should be involved in some sort of food ministry or alms ministry to help those in need and specifically those in your own church or faith.
In the Apostle Paul’s travels, he was often raising money to help feed the church back in Jerusalem. If your church does not have a food ministry, see if you can start one within the church. Or support a local ministry that is helping feed the needy and those in the faith. Find one close by you can support directly and another that you can support with donations from afar.
Bottom Line: We can all afford to give up some time and money to help others just as the early church did.
Prayer: Almighty God, Thank You for showing us how the early church took care of the needy within the church.
Help us to do the same. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Chapel of Dayton