Friday, October 05, 2012

October 5 - You Cannot Handle It Alone

Today's Reading: 
Exodus 17:8-19:15
Luke 17:11-37
Psalm 21:8-13
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Focus Verses:
Exodus 18:17-18,21,23

17 Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. --- 21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. --- 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied."


Moses received some very wise and godly advice about leadership from his father-in-law, Jethro. The advice was very clear and thoughtful, and was given with a spirit of concern and humility.

Some Bible scholars suggest that the number of people Moses was leading was as many as three million. If these people were to be led well, there would have to be a strategy and structure for leadership. Moses would be doing well just to lead the leaders!

Wise leadership in any community (whether it be church, organization, city, state, or nation), must have a strategy for and commitment to developing levels of leadership. The best leaders are always training, equipping, and nurturing a larger network of leaders who can deliver satisfying care and service to the greater community. Failure to do this results in stressed out leaders and frustrated followers.

Response and Action:
I want to encourage wise leaders and followers in my church and community. It is vital for leaders to share the load. It is important for followers to support leaders and not expect too much from any one person. I want to give prayerful consideration opportunities I have to be a leader. I want to be a supportive follower of others who are serving and leading.

O God, thank for those who you have called to serve as leaders in the church and in the world. Help leaders to look to you for guidance and wisdom, and to love you with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Help me to find my place and my roles of service in my church and in my community. When I have opportunities to lead, help me to do it effectively. When I need to follow, help me to do so with a gracious attitude and a readiness to do my part. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.

Spiritual Formation Verses: Hebrews 13:17
17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Leadership Next: Changing Leaders in a Changing Culture
by Eddie Gibbs

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