A lot of people focus on power and influence, while character is often overlooked. Then there are those who focus on outward appearances, while still ignoring their inward person. However, we see over and over in the Bible that character matters. We see it really matter as the church was just beginning in Acts. There was a threat to the unity of the new church early on. Through divinely given wisdom, the apostles decided to enlist the help of others in the church. It was this action that helped keep the church unified and growing. We see how they chose these new leaders in Acts 6:3, “Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.”
What we see in the selection of leaders is very important. The first thing that I see is that the new leaders were apparent to those in the church. Peter told them to look for people among them. Therefore, these were people who were already a part of the church, most likely from the very beginning. In a day and age when churches try to find leaders outside of their church, we see the early church do something very different. The next thing that I see in the text is the new leaders reputation. It wasn’t just a good reputation inside of the church, it would have also been good outside of the church. Sometimes, people don’t want to come to a particular church because of the way the people at that church act. Now, I will tell you that if you go or don’t go to a church based on a person, you are going for the wrong reason. We go to church to worship the Lord Jesus Christ. However, the people and the way they act can greatly influence visitors to return to a church or not to. Finally, we see evidence of their relationship with Jesus. They are full of the Holy Spirit, and they possess wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit. These are all qualities that every Christian should have in their life. Leaders aren’t people who have extraordinary gifts. Rather, they are people who exercise and improve the gifts they already possess. Are you striving for these qualities in your walk with God? How can God use you to further His kingdom? Pray and ask God to develop you into the man or woman that God has created and called you to be.
By His grace and for His glory,