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5 Steps In Dealing With “Rumblings of Discontent”–Acts 6:1


Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 6:1-8:1a

When was the last time you experienced the rumblings of discontent?

Was it in your…

  • Workplace
  • Community
  • Neighborhood
  • Children’s school
  • Home

Or, was it in your local church?

But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food.  —Acts 6:1

I’m the kind of girl that hates griping, complaining, conflict; i.e. discontent.  Thankfully, today’s scripture reading gives me insight into proactively dealing with these enemies of success.

So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.” –Acts 6:2-4

God’s Word is so practical, so applicable to any situation.  In these three verses lies a simple outline for handling the rumblings of discontent.  As Christian leaders in our homes, communities, workplaces, and churches we should follow this model.

The Leadership of the group/team/organization/family should:

Step 1: Get everyone together and addresses the rumblings; as soon as possible

Step 2: Remind the team of the mission of the organization, in this instance it’s teaching the Word of God

Step 3: Address the rumblings and explain the ways in which they are distracting the team from its mission

Step 4: Put a plan in place to handle the complaints so that the mission can go forward

Step 5: Appoint wise and mature leaders from the team to carry out the plan

One of the most important sayings I’ve ever heard in the world of teams came from Mary Kay Ash, “People support what they help to create.”  This includes problem-solving.  This is just what the disciples did, they called everyone together, addressed the problem and pulled everyone into the plan to solve it.

The Bible is the greatest leadership book ever written!

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word.  Help us to be the kind of leaders You planned for us to be.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 8:1b-9:43

One Thing to Do Before Starting a Fight–1 Kings 22:5

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 20:23-22:9; 2 Chronicles 18:1-8

Have you ever just wanted to go out and have a good fight with someone?

Oh, I know that doesn’t sound very Christ-like, but if you are as human as I am then you’ve at least wanted to verbally give someone a “piece of your mind” at some point in your life.

In today’s reading King Jehoshaphat gave us some great pre-fight advice…

For three years there was no war between Aram and Israel.  Then during the third year, King Jehoshaphat of Judah went to visit King Ahab of Israel.  During the visit, the king of Israel said to his officials, “Do you realize that the town of Ramoth-gilead belongs to us? And yet we’ve done nothing to recapture it from the king of Aram!”

Then he turned to Jehoshaphat and asked, “Will you join me in battle to recover Ramoth-gilead?”

Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “Why, of course! You and I are as one. My troops are your troops, and my horses are your horses.” Then Jehoshaphat added, “But first let’s find out what the Lord says.”

What if…

we “found out what the Lord said” before we started our next fight. serious discussion, or heart-to-heart with our spouse, children, parents, in-laws, co-workers, neighbors, or enemies?

It might sound like this…

“God, I’m really mad at my _________ right now.  I really want to hurt him/her as much as he/she’s hurt me.  What do you think?  Should I start a fight?”

Do you think God would ever say, “yes”?

I do.

There’s a time to get the “stuff” of life out on the table

but

there’s also a time to be silent.

So, if we only started fights when the Lord told us to

There would probably be

  • Less fights
  • More understanding
  • More self-control
  • More peace
  • More people wanting to know Jesus because of our testimony…

What do you say?

From now on let’s ask our Heavenly Father’s permission to start a fight and if He says “no,” let’s say that sounds good to me Lord!

Heavenly Father, help us to go to You with our anger, frustration, and desire to fight.  You alone know what we should do.  Give us Your wisdom.  Give us Your self-control. Help us to fight–only– when You say to go to battle!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 22:10-28; 2 Chronicles 18:9-27; 1 Kings 22:29-35; 2 Chronicle 18:28-34; 1 Kings 22:36-40, 51-53; 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:30

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