In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.
The Church faced the challenge of persecution in chapter 4. They faced the challenge of corruption in chapter 5. However this was a more subtle challenge they now faced, that of distraction. If the apostles could be distracted from prayer and preaching the Word of God then the church could be open to heresy and the abandoning of God’s Word altogether and be shipwrecked from the Great Commission.
The early church took on the responsibility of providing for their widows. The church was made up of Grecian Jews – those born outside of Palestine and who spoke Greek and the Hebraic Jew, those born within and who spoke Aramaic. But the real problem was hidden beneath a success …
V1 In those days when the number of disciples were increasing …
If there wasn’t any increase there would not have been a problem.
There are always implications for success. The implications can become problems that if not dealt with can overload you with busyness which can then not only injure your current success but impede any further success you might have had.
For example, you may succeed at work but it may have implications for your life in your home.
The problem is seen in the certain words found in v1
‘Against’ – How many people are suffering due to unnecessary tension in their life?
‘Overlooked’ – Suddenly urgent things take priority over the important things. When that happens then the important things lose their significance. Maybe right now your life is centred around the urgent instead of what’s important.
‘Daily’ –There are things you used to do but you no longer do and the only reason is because you got busy.
Not many of us will be distracted by deceptive ungodly, uncharitable ways but many of us have committed the sin of being distracted by the deception of becoming over involved and over committed.