“Therefore, brothers, choose from among you seven men with good reputations [men of godly character and moral integrity], full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. But we will [continue to] devote ourselves [steadfastly] to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
The birth of the New Testament in the book of Acts was glorious and the power of God moved and manifested with no restrictions but soon enough there was a crisis. Food distribution was the issue. It’s interesting that in Genesis, Adam and Eve got into a crisis because of food and the very first crisis in the New Testament church also involves food.
The Greek speaking Jews were not happy because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food and soon enough this became a crisis that was bringing about division in the church. The apostles managed the whole crisis well; they chose men who were of good character and moral integrity, men full of the spirit and wisdom to oversee with the distribution of food so that they could continue to focus and dedicate themselves to the main thing, their calling which was prayer and the ministry of the word.
To finish strong, you must have a clear understanding of what your purpose is. What is the main thing? If you do not have a clear picture of that then you will be easily distracted by every crisis that comes your way.
How you manage a crisis will determine whether you will be derailed or whether you will be able to stay on course and finish strong.
What is your main thing, have you devoted yourself to it steadfastly? What kind of crisis have you had to contend with in 2020? How did you handle the crisis? Did it derail you from your main thing?