LORD’S DAY, SEPTEMBER 13
1 Timothy 3:8-13
“Likewise must the deacons
be grave, not doubletongued…”
The Apostles set the qualifications of the deacons and the multitude chose them from among the disciples. The multitude looked for them, knowing what kind of men they were seeking. Familial and political influences were prevented as the Apostles laid out the standards.
Chosen by the saints: After the Apostles’ decision to let the multitude look for seven men, they were pleased and they chose according to the qualifications which the Apostles gave. All seven were Greeks (they had Greek names), which assured attention to the neglected Grecian widows. These people were the unanimous choice of the whole multitude. They excelled in all the virtues that the Apostles stipulated. They were described as being full of faith and filled with the Holy Spirit. Only those Christians fully yielded to the Spirit of God can faithfully serve this office. Deacons are primarily concerned with the physical and financial management of the church. Laying hands on them signifies the invoking of God to bless them in order for them to attend and fully discharge their functions.
Ordained by the Apostles: The multitude presented the seven chosen men and the Apostles prayed for them. Here, the prayer was for their consecration and the Lord’s anointing upon them was to confirm the Lord’s approval upon the seven men. The Apostles laid their hands on them, committing them to God in prayer and charging them on behalf of God. This was a token of ordination for special service as they offered themselves to the office they were called to take. “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Tim 4:14-16).
Are you willing to serve in the church in whatever capacity? Are you sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your service?
THOUGHT: Am I filled with the Spirit of God?
PRAYER: Father, I thank Thee for calling me to serve Thee.