LAYING HANDS

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

(Part 51)

LAYING HANDS

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).

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