A deacon is simply one who serves in the church – teaching Sunday school, or ushering, or cleaning, or helping with the landscaping, etc. It is not some fancy position or office of great authority but a place of serving. Those who look for a position of prominence in the Church do not understand God's way of promotion. God has a way of taking those with a true servant’s heart and using them in ways they never imagined. Philip was among those deacons appointed to minister to a group of widows who were feeling neglected. After the stoning of Steven, (also a deacon) terrible persecution scattered the Church in Jerusalem. Philip went down to Samaria and began to preach: “And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.” (Acts 8:6) Miracles?! Great revival?! What’s going on? Isn’t this fellow “just” a deacon? Back when Philip was asked to wait on tables and give out the food allowance we never heard him say to the Apostles, “How come you guys get to do all the praying and preaching and I have to serve these whining widows?" He just got on with it. “Serving well,” means being faithful even in the “little things.” It is a privilege to serve the Lord in any capacity. No job is more important than another job. Being faithful in what God has set before you is what matters! Do not look for reward, or seek advancement. Just do your bit to please the Lord. You never know where God might use you!
Philip was called to leave the excitement of that revival and go speak to one lost, searching soul. He could have said, “I can't leave the work here, this is too important – I am too important.” But he was immediately obedient. Real success is being in God’s will; being obedient to Him. Serve well where God has placed you. You will be highly respected and a real credit to the Faith! It is the way to true contentment and peace.
- From Study #5154