Acts 6:7 – So the Word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
This verse says that a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. What does it mean to be ‘obedient to the faith?’ Obedience means that you are following instructions and are doing what is required of you. So then it is not enough to just believe, we must act on that belief.
James tells us that faith without works is dead. I think that is what this verse is talking about when it says that the ‘priests became obedient to the faith.’ When we come to believe in Christ and put our faith in Him our actions need to reflect it.
That is also how God’s word will spread; that is how the number of disciples will increase. We have to understand that faith in Christ is caught more than it is taught. You can teach all you want, but if your lifestyle does not live up to your teaching no one will follow you.
I think that is often the problem in today’s church. There are a lot of people that profess Christianity, but few are obedient to it. If you look at their lives you will not be able to tell them apart from the unbeliever. That is not how it should be.
If we are obedient to our faith our life will be different. You will be able to see Christ in us. When we reach this point of obedience in our life we will see disciples increase. People will not just get ‘saved’, but they will actually become followers of Jesus.