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 enemy was still at work, creating a disturbance, and offense, that had in it seeds of division. The disciples understood that rather than dealing with any emergency, they needed to do the will of God. Stand and speak the word of life. Acts 5:20
When we obey, God partners with us.
God provided an answer: “Choose seven men who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.”
We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.
In the season of persecution we must never forget to give our attention to what God calls us to. “…Tell the people all about this new life.” Acts 5:20
This becomes our mainstay. Without it we could end up hidden and unnoticed, doing the good works of waiting at tables and end up overlooking the very thing that turns a city, even a nation on its head: prayer and proclaiming of the word.
The disciples did not sway from this mandate and neither can we.
The results of obedience are always fruitful.
So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. Acts 6:7