Acts 6: Change
Some do well with change and some don’t. What is the difference between those who can handle change and those who can’t? It comes down to what we value. Some of us value our own ambition and self-preservation more than Jesus’ mission. If personal comfort is our goal in life, we will fight against change. However, if Jesus is our ultimate treasure, change becomes an acceptable reality. In Acts 6 the apostles make a tough leadership decision that affected lots of people. Some people probably responded positively and others probably responded negatively. When change comes, we get to decide what kind of person we’re going to be and what we value. Will we embrace change positively and allow growth to happen? The apostles realized that without a drastic change, the gospel would not reach the world. Because the early church was willing to change, “The Word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.” Imagine what can happen in your personal walk with Jesus when you open your heart to change. Imagine what can happen in our church when we are willing to make the changes necessary to see more and more people hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
1. What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
2. Are there areas of your life where you are unwilling to change? Why?
3. Is there anything that God is asking you to change in your life today? Anything you need to start doing or stop doing?