Acts 6:1-7 (NLT)
But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek- speaking believers complained about the Hebrew- speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. 3 And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. 4 Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.” 5 Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (an earlier convert to the Jewish faith). 6 These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them. 7 So God’s message continued to spread. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.
Rather than the newly formed church requiring of the ministry help needed to fulfill God’s mandate being; education, trades, leadership ability, a people person or any of the so-called personality types…the church decided the first and foremost requirement would be a person “full of the Spirit”. That is an all-in type of believer. Not a when it’s convenient or when I have time type of Christian, but a fully immersed, completely sold-out follower of Christ, who…the Spirit of God has touched. They knew a lip service Christian wouldn’t cut it nor would a when eyes are on me Christian. The Joy of a Spirit-Filled Life is knowing the Spirit of God who completely immersed us in His presence, wouldn’t allow us to get away with such, non-Biblical attitudes. These 7 handpicked men are great examples to us of how we should conduct ourselves not only in the church, but in life. (We take care of the things of the Spirit and God takes care of the rest)