In Acts chapter 6 we are given an insight of the story of Stephen. Stephen didn’t know what his calling was, but full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom he was chosen amongst seven others to wait on tables. As we continue to read in Acts chapter 6 we see that God used him through this ministry. Many people, even priests, came to salvation.
A lot of opportunities in the kingdom get overlooked because of the mindset that “it isn’t my purpose or calling.” If there’s a need in the church there’s an opportunity to serve the church. Serving the church isn’t necessarily about what you want to do, but where God needs you to fill the need.
It’s throughout scripture that our responsibilities are to minister to God, to minister each other, and to minister to the world.
In Ecclesiastes 9:10 we are encouraged to do all that we are capable to do with all of our might. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”
In Romans 12:11 reminds us while we’re serving to be on fire with zeal and enthusiasm about whatever it is we are doing, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”
When we place ourselves in a position to be used by God, He will give us clarity into our purpose. Sometimes the need of the church is the avenue to your calling. Everyone isn’t going to be a preacher, or a worship leader, or have a place on stage. Some of the most important jobs are the ones who aren’t seen and aren’t heard. God is looking for people that are willing to fill in the gaps.
Some of us don’t serve because we don’t know our purpose. Some of us don’t serve because we are insecure in our abilities and unsure of ourselves. Some us don’t serve because of our own stubbornness. When we go back to Acts chapter 6, we see Stephen’s willing heart to serve and willingness to fill in the gap even though he didn’t know his calling. He was a man filled with the spirit and wisdom, but his heart was so willing to love and serve God that he filled the need, which was simply to wait on tables.
There were great miracles done by Stephen as he served and waited on tables. He found his purpose as he served.
Sometimes instead of waiting on things to happen we need to take initiative and take action to see change.
Serving God isn’t just about serving inside the church, it’s also serving God outside of church: at work, at the grocery store, standing in line paying bills.
Be encouraged and do something for God today.
See more in 1 Samuel 14:1-7.