Apostle Grace Lubega
Acts 6:2-5(AMP); So the Twelve [apostles] convened the multitude of the disciples and said, It is not seemly or desirable or right that we should have to give up or neglect [preaching] the Word of God in order to attend to serving at tables and superintending the distribution of food. Therefore select out from among yourselves, brethren, seven men of good and attested character and repute, full of the [Holy] Spirit and wisdom, whom we may assign to look after this business and duty. But we will continue to devote ourselves steadfastly to prayer and the ministry of the Word. And the suggestion pleased the whole assembly, and they selected Stephen, a man full of faith (a strong and welcome belief that Jesus is the Messiah) and full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte (convert) from Antioch.
Every believer has a calling upon his or her life and an office in which he or she operates, either as an apostle, prophet, teacher, evangelist or pastor.
In whatever capacity God has called you, it is required that one be humble in that call.
Stephen in our theme scripture is an example of a man who understood humility.
He was, as the scripture reveals, full of the Holy Spirit, faith and wisdom. He had a great reputation among the brethren and was trusted by many.
The level of Stephen’s anointing is further demonstrated by the fact that God performed great miracles by him.
However, when he was appointed as a cook, he took it as his due and treated his office with all the honor it deserved.
We live in a generation where when one is anointed, they seek the front row and to serve in places where attention can be focused on them.
In our day, a man with Stephen’s anointing feels qualified enough to start their own church and ministry.
But this was not Stephen’s character.
In fact, he exemplified the very character of the Christ.
The Bible says that even if He was God, He humbled himself for the sake of men.
To be greatly anointed by God does not mean that you start your life of service at the very top; God tests your faithfulness by firstly placing you in what might seem like a menial position.
Serve diligently in the satisfaction that whatever is handed you to do in the house of God is a great task for the simple reason that it is service to God.
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 25:23, Philippians 2:5-11MSG
To be greatly anointed by God does not mean that you start your life of service at the very top; God tests your faithfulness by firstly placing you in what might seem like a menial position. Serve diligently in the satisfaction that whatever is handed you to do in the house of God is a great task for the simple reason that it is service to God.
PRAYER: Heavenly Master, I give you praise for this day. Thank you for the Wisdom of humility imparted in my spirit. My Lord, you considered it no robbery to be equal with God, but you humbled yourself as a servant, in the likeness of man’s fallen nature. It was humility that drove you to the cross to die for me. I declare that this same nature is operative in and through me. I serve in humility in whatsoever task I am given; this I do with diligence, excellence and the greatest joy. In Jesus Name. Amen.