Share the burdens in leadership!
Scripture reading for February 6th: Exodus 16-18, Ephesians 4
Key Scriptures: Exodus 18:21-23 “Moreover, look for a few men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.”
Jethro was Moses’ father-in-law. He came to visit Moses and noticed that Moses was overworked and burdened down with all the disputes among the people. Jethro gave Moses some fatherly advice: Share the load! Moses should carefully chose others who were godly and capable of leadership. These should be appointed over groupings of people in orderly fashion. They would handle the small concerns and bring the bigger to Moses. All would be blessed and Moses could survive!
Faith Confession and Prayer: I am thankful for many gift people in the Body of Christ. These gifts spread the responsibility and blessing of leadership. Lord, help me to recognize my need for the help of others You have given to bless the Church.
Ephesians 4:11-13 “And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, . . .”