Today I was reading a favorite bible story during my quiet time, the one where Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, visits and sees Moses doing “too much” and basically checks him. Jethro is such an awesome example of godly counsel in this story! I love his response to Moses after seeing him judging the people by himself all day long.
Exodus 18:17-18 (VOICE) Jethro: What you are doing is not good for you. The responsibility is just too much. You are going to wear yourself out…You can’t do it all by yourself.
As someone who has been in ministry for a while now, I know I am not alone when I confess I often have taken on too much. Taking things on myself rather than training up others to help (as Jethro goes on to suggest in verse 20). Let’s face it, no one is going to do it like we would do it, but that’s OK! Vive la difference 🙂
We must make the time to multiply and sow into others lives. Raise up others. This is our responsibility as leaders. To think no one can do it as well as us is pride. Even to say we don’t have time to raise up others is a trap of the enemy because not only is it our job to do so, but the kingdom depends on multiplication.
So find the time. Sow into others lives. Multiply yourself and the giftings you’ve been blessed with. We all benefit from doing so. Our own load is lighter and we grow exponentially as a Body.
Father, help us to see the areas we’re taking on too much. The areas You would have us grow others and multiply ourselves. Help us to be wise in choosing who, decisive in knowing what, and intentional about making it happen. It’s all for Your kingdom and to You be all the glory!