It is absolutely true that God does not show favoritism when it comes to offering salvation to ALL because He “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Neither are we to be partial toward others in the Church (James 2:1-13); “if you show partiality you are committing sin” (2:9).
At the same time, when we are looking for leaders and those who carry on the work of ministry, we see clear qualifications that were sought by the Early Church, and found in individuals. Here are some of these qualities that were part of their selection of deacons in Acts 6:3-8.
· They had to be men of “good reputation." What were others saying about these persons?
· They had to be men “full of the Holy Spirit.” That means they had to be under His control as a dominant characteristic of their lives.
· They had to be men “full of...wisdom.” This does not refer to the wisdom of this world or mere human intelligence. It is wisdom that comes from God and through His truth.
· They selected Stephen, “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.” He was a person that believed God and knew His Word. This is proven by the number of times He quotes Scripture in the next chapter.
· He was also “full of grace and power.” This is the divine supply freely flowing through the persons so that their work for God and toward others is effective and bears fruit for God.
These qualities should not only be our standard in the church for leaders and ministers, but for ourselves so that we become effective in our work for God.
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