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.
— Acts 6:1 NLT
The number of disciples increased rapidly as many people believed in Jesus as the Messiah! Some of the new believers had traveled to Jerusalem from foreign lands (Acts 2:5-11), so some of them spoke foreign languages. The needs of the Greek-speaking widows were not being met despite the believers' earlier efforts to help all among them with needs (Acts 4:32-37). Growth without loving concern causes problems that the evil one can exploit. We must listen and respond with grace and patience to address potentially divisive problems lovingly, quickly, fairly, and wisely! The early disciples did just that, so over the next few days, we will study how they did so. Their solution to the problem is an excellent example for us today.
O Father, may we be known as people who love each other as family. Please do not let racial, cultural, socio-economic status, political, or ethnic differences divide us and allow Satan a foothold to destroy the spread of the Good News of Jesus. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Galatians 2:7-10, 3:26-29; Revelation 7:9-12
- John 13:31-35; 1 John 4:7-12
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About This Devotional
Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.
Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.