Moses was God’s chosen leader over Israel. As their leader, He served the people, judged the people and helped the people. It was a big job with a lot of responsibilities. However in verse 14, Moses’ father-in-law asked Moses a great question. “Why do you do this alone?” Moses tells his father-in-law that the people inquired about God and wanted their disputes settled. They ultimately wanted to live in peace with each other and God. Good answer. Moses was bearing his peoples’ burdens and this is Biblical. Every pastor, shepherd and church leader should have the same heart. However ones good motives can only go so far. For Moses’ father-in-law speaks the same wisdom that many church leaders needs to hear today. In verse 17-18, He says:
“What you are doing is not good. You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.”
Being the only person doing the work of ministry will lead to burnout. Some of you are the sympathizers out of your friends. Some of you may feel like you’re the only one with a certain burden for certain people or areas in ministry. However you need to know that you can’t do it alone. You need God and others. We need God and others. And just like Moses needed to do in verses 21-23, we need to delegate some of these ministry responsibilities out to people who fear God and are trustworthy. One person can’t do it all and if they can they’re probably neglecting other important things in order to do it all.
Recently I read the Walter Isaacson biography on the life of Steve Jobs. I have always been impressed with the creativity and leadership of the former owner of all things Apple. He did a lot of great things for technology and advancement but sadly he admitted how much he neglected his family in the process. I never want to be that guy. Good leadership in all areas will require delegation. And in verse 23, Moses’ father-in-law says if you do this:
- God will direct you
- You will be able to endure
- The people under you will find peace
I’m encouraged to say that I’ve seen the same when I’ve delegated out certain ministry responsibilities as well.
- What leadership areas in your life may you be experiencing burn out with?
- What steps may you need to take to delegate burdens and ministry responsibilities that God may have given you?
By: Erik Koliser