Imagine in the coming year you shared Jesus with five people and those five people became believers. Next next year, you did the same and were met with the same results. Five more people became believers. The same thing happened the third year. And the fourth. And the fifth. Twenty-five people have decided to follow Jesus! But what if each of those new believers also told five people about Jesus and those they told became believers as well? You’d surpass twenty-five people by year two, and be approaching four thousand by year five! Movements are powered by multiplication, and multiplication happens when responsibility is shared.
As Acts 6 begins, disunity creeps into the early church for the first time. Though the apostles listen to the complaint, they do not allow it to change their priorities (cf. v. 2). Instead, they empower others to address the issue and carry out the work of the ministry. What happens next is incredible: “the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly” (v. 7). As responsibility was shared and other believers were released to serve, the number of disciples grew, not by addition but by multiplication.
Too often the responsibility of ministry is delegated to a handful of “professional Christians” who have earned some sort of ministry degree, received a title, or are being paid. Because the work of the ministry is their job, it’s easy for everyone else to end up sitting on the sidelines. Consequently, disciples are only added. However, God doesn’t call anyone in His Kingdom to be merely a consumer or spectator. In Christ He has created us to be contributors and participants in what He’s doing, and He equips each of us accordingly for that task. To help you better understand how God has equipped you, take a moment to explore a couple resources we found online.
The first is this spiritual gifts test. After answering a series of questions, this survey will highlight what are most likely your top three spiritual gifts. It will then provide a description of what that gift is and help you visualize the use of that gift by answering the question, “How can I use this gift?”
The second resource is this personality test. Again, you’ll answer a series of questions, but this time you’ll receive insight into your specific personality type. It will provide you not only with a general explanation, but the opportunity to “Explore Your Type.” You’ll especially want to read through the sections “Strengths & Weaknesses,” “Friendships,” and “Workplace Habits.”
Once you’ve taken these tests, look for ways to act on what you’ve learned at home, at work, and at church. (Let us know if you’re not quite sure where you fit in; we are here to help you!) And join us in prayer, asking God to let us see “the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in [Utah] greatly” (v. 7)!