“So the twelve apostles convened the multitude of the disciples and said, It is not seemly, desirable or right that we should have to give up or neglect preaching the Word of God in order to attend to serving at tables and superintending the distribution of food.” Acts 6:2 Amplified
In our verse today we see the first instance of turmoil among the group of young believers. A situation had come up where one group of believers felt that another group of believers was not taking care of their widows in the distribution of food. A lot of questions can be asked in this situation. Why were there two different groups instead of all being of one mind? Why was one group not taking proper care of their widows? Why did the other group feel they needed to “tattle” on them? To answer the first question we must remember that the group of young Christians were composed of people from several different cultures. Secondly, we don’t know for sure that the group wasn’t taking care of their widows. Just because someone thinks something isn’t being handled correctly doesn’t mean it isn’t. Finally, to resolve an issue it needs to be brought to a third-party, preferably a leader. This was a good opportunity for this to come up so that the apostles could set up a framework of leadership.
Now some might think that in our verse today the apostles sound a bit high-minded, saying that they shouldn’t be bothered with handling trivial disputes and issues because they were preachers. Let’s remember though that Paul later tells us that the church is the body of Christ and each member has it’s purpose. The apostles were gifted to preach the Word and encourage believers, there were likely other people among the group who weren’t great speakers or motivators, but could determine how to resolve issues.
In the next verse the apostles delegated to the group to choose among them men of good character who could handle issues that came up. This pleased the group, they brought seven men forward, the apostles prayed for them and laid hands on them.
Though disputes may come up, simply because we’re human, we must always try to handle them in a way that pleases God. Seek His guidance and direction when you have a problem and He will lead you to a resolution that is best.