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They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit…

The apostles had a problem. There was squabbling in the camp. There were territorial lines being drawn. People had to protect their own; to look out for their own. They were taking care of the poor alright—the poor who had the same skin color. The movement was young and God was clearly moving among them, but people are still people and racism is hard to root out of people. The Christians were allowing racism to influence how they took care of those among them in need and it was creating problems.

The apostles needed a solution. They certainly couldn’t allow this to continue, but they had bigger fish to fry. So they delegated a team of men to handle this and future situations. They appointed deacons (servants). But what kind of person do you assign for a task like this? What kind of person handles these kinds of sensitive issues? What kind of person takes care of God’s business? A people oriented leader? A detail conscious manager? A positive thinking motivator? A sure and steady laborer?

Their first choice was Stephen: a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit. Because…

That’s what it takes to handle God’s business: faith and Holy Spirit.

That’s what it takes to be successful in God’s kingdom: faith and Holy Spirit.

That’s the kind of people the church can depend on: faith and Holy Spirit.

That’s the kind of person who can handle the problems of this world: faith and Holy Spirit.

That’s the kind of leadership the world needs: faith and Holy Spirit.

That’s the person God is turning me into: faith and Holy Spirit.

That’s the person God is calling me to be: faith and Holy Spirit.

That’s the person I so desperately long to become: faith and Holy Spirit.

That’s what God is creating in this world: faith and Holy Spirit.

O to be called a man who is full of faith and of the Holy Spirit. O to be seen as such a man. O to be tasked with a project that requires such a man. For this is God’s call on my life: that I may be like Stephen; that I may become a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.

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