The Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.” (Acts 6:2)

HOISTING THEIR COMPANION and his bedroll onto their shoulders, the friends navigated the crowded streets of the town. Carrying the bundle became increasingly difficult as they neared the house. Men, women, and children pushed and pressed to gain access to Jesus. There was no more room and no way to get nearer.

Without hesitating, the men gathered the mat and maneuvered upstairs to the roof. With bare hands they ripped away the tiles. Finally, they glimpsed Him below—hemmed in by the crowd, preaching. Would He resent their boldness? Grow angry at the desperate need of their friend? Glancing nervously at one another, they slowly lowered the bedroll and the man lying on it to Jesus’ feet.

Undisturbed by the interruption, Jesus glanced first upward and then at the paralyzed man. “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home” (Luke 5:24).

Like the faithful friends who saw the need of their friend and took care of it, the apostles had a clear understanding of what they needed to do—and what wasn’t their job. They weren’t saying that serving food was “beneath” them; that particular ministry simply wasn’t what they were called to do. However, they recognized that feeding widows was an important task, so they appointed men to take care of it. We, too, are limited in our ability to accomplish as much as we’d like. Our reliance on each other—and on Christ—helps us focus on His purpose for our lives.

Today, ask God to give you greater focus in your ministry.

Tammy Kennington is a preschool director and literacy intervention specialist. Tammy enjoys playing board games with her husband and four children.