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Success Does Not Guarantee Harmony

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Acts 6:1, ” Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. “

Background

The Beatles. The Eagles. The Police. The Platters. The Drifters. These groups are some of the bands that I listened to when I was growing up. And although they make for a somewhat eclectic list, they do have at least one thing in common. Each of them broke up. For their own particular reasons, these bands, some of the most successful of their time, disbanded and were no more. And when I was young, I could never understand how a successful music group would stop being a group, and the members just go their separate ways. For being in a band was always a dream of mine. I couldn’t imagine achieving to those heights, and then simply letting go of it all. But I didn’t understand that music was a business, and that bands were made up of individuals, and those individuals had plans and egos and dreams that didn’t always mesh with those of the other members of the band. I didn’t realize how powerful creative differences could be, or that certain band members might simply not care for others in the group. In my mind, a band was a perfect blend of stardom, music, travel, and success. But success doesn’t guarantee harmony or peace or fulfillment. Not in a band, and not in a church. Even when things are going well, there’s still a pretty good chance that someone’s less than satisfied. And if that’s the case, then things can still improve, and individuals still need help and attention.

Application

Complaining can invoke change. In the early church, concerning the particular issue of caring for the widows, the complaint was heard and much good came of it. Wisdom was invoked, grace prevailed, and the leaders made good decisions. But complaining walks a fine line. It can get ugly and be counter-productive. The best motives can get lost in their expression of emotion, and the changes that follow may be less than desirable. Better yet is the one who looks around and solicits input, seeking to improve and enhance before things sour. Or the one who has the issue bringing with them an offer to be a part of the solution. A group with those kinds of members can endure even the best of times.

Charge

As we seek Him today, let the good of your situations spur you to seek to make them even better. And where there is difficulty, take the initiative to help turn things around.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org

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