Monday, April 2, 2012

The Simple Job of the Overseer

Now at this time while the disciples were increasing [in number,] a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic [Jews] against the [native] Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving [of food.]  And the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. "But select from among you, brethren, seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. "But we will devote ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word." And the statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.  And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them. And the word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:1-7)

The job of the overseer isn't to solve all of your problems, but to deal with your main problem (lack of union or communion with God). He does this by praying for you (representing you to God) and preaching/teaching the Word of God to you (representing God to you). If you interrupt him from doing this because you have some far less pressing matter to which you think he must attend, you are only working toward your own demise. He is a guardian at the gate. If you pull him away from his duty, the hoards waiting outside will soon rush in and destroy everyone inside. Leave him be, and let him reconcile you to God through his prayer and preaching/teaching, and those temporary problems that seemed so important will soon fade in the light of what is eternal. But take no heed of these words and be sure that all of your problems will overtake you, as your relationship with God will remain broken, and the way God provided for you to mend it has been obstructed by your own hand.

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