“It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.” – Acts 6:2 (Acts 6:1-7)
Tha ministry of Skip’s words be a high calling and a fearful undertaking. Early on in thar passage, tha Twelve faced a conundrum. Some widows whar being left out of tha daily distribution of grub and thar husbands and families got ter complaining ’bout this. Tha Twelve seen it whar a mess that could lead ter rivalries and mutinous motives, so they done what we all ought ter do when trapped in a quandary: they prayed.
Right off Skip’s Holy Ghost of Truth told tha Twelve ter stick with tha ministry of Skip’s words, that such work be tha most important thing. But his Spirit also advised ’em ter pick seven fellers who would fairly dole out tha grub ter all. These mates be filled up full with Skip’s Spirit and wisdom.
In doing this tha words of Skipper be fairly distributed ter all. Ne’er ferget that Skip’s word be tha bread of life. Fact be, we kin go days without feasting on a morsel of a loaf bread, but if we mean ter feed our soul, we need ter grab a heaping helping of Skip’s holy words ever day. Right off tha numbers of disciples increased rapidly. May our distribution of Skip’s word of life also increase tha number of them that believe in tha Son.
Also, and this be a key point in this tale, a large number of priests became obedient ter tha faith. Ter day we might call such folks “pastors” “ministers” “preachers” of tha flock. Though such folks be in charge of shepherding tha Son’s crew, ter often these fellers and lasses be ignorant of Skip’s Code of Conduct and worse, disobedient.
Ter believe is ter obey Skipper. Faith is obedience. Faith also produces obedience. If we remain disobedient, if we reject Skip’s Code, even one word of it, that be our way of telling tha Son we don’ believe him, in him, and we don’ believe that what he done fer us on tha mast when he whar killed fer our sins be enough. Do we see our own life, our natural self as steeped in sin? If not, we ‘ill ne’er follow tha Son. No, instead we ‘ill head off on whatever course we think best.
Ter be set apart as sacred and used fer a special purpose among Skip’s crew be our destiny. Only we kin not set ourself apart or become sacred. We cannot make ourself holy. Only tha Son kin do this in us.
Pray that he will. Pray that he ‘ill lead ya ter share out Skip’s good words. Pray he ‘ill use ya ter point others ter our Father. Such a ministry be tha task of ever feller and lass in Skip’s crew.