THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
April 18, 2015
Today’s reading: Acts 6:1-7
Laying hands can mean exact opposites. The Sadducees “laid
hands upon the apostles and put them in the public jail”
(Acts 5:18). The Church chose deacons and the apostles “prayed
and laid hands on them.” (Acts 6:6).
The world will lay hands on God’s people
and oppress and persecute them, including sending them to
prison or to the lion’s den. God’s people lay
hands on others to bless them and to send them off on mission.
The former is aggression and assault, the latter is loving
embrace intended to empower for assault on the dominion of
the enemy. The former is an act of hatred, the latter an act
of love, not just for those being laid hands on, but for all
those they are sent out to reach.
The baptism in the Spirit includes the laying
on of hands (praying over). This is imparting the Holy Spirit
who empowers for mission. Coupled with our growth in Christ,
where as apostles (those sent) we “devote ourselves
to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4),
the result can be explosive. “The word of God continued
to spread, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased
greatly” (Acts 6:7a).