They're Too Heavy to Carry

Tim Savage

"And Moses said to the Lord, "Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people? Did I give birth to them? Did I bring them into the world? Why did you tell me to carry them in my arms like a mother carries a nursing baby? How can I carry them to the land you swore to give their ancestors? Where am I supposed to get meat for all these people? They keep whining to me, saying, ‘Give us meat to eat!' I can't carry all these people by myself! The load is far too heavy!" (Numbers 11:11-14)
Ministry teams are often made up of many moving parts: recruitment, spiritual growth, logistics, equipment, scheduling, community, training, administration, leadership and the list goes on and on. It takes a good group of people to effectively lead the team, but all too often we fall prey to the mistake of trying to do too much by ourselves, usually because it's easier or just more convenient. Then, when the needs of the people increase and several need some one-on-one time and equipment needs TLC and new members need training and the next meeting has to be planned - we cry out to God and say, "Lord, how am I supposed to make enough time to do all that it takes to lead this dysfunctional team?!"
And God quietly answers us by saying that we were never meant to live life by ourselves and we aren't supposed to do ministry alone. Moses is told to call out the leaders in the group and delegate responsibility, so that the needs of the people can be met - and so it is with us - we need to call out the leaders in our ministries and challenge them to use their gifts to serve the people. When all of our people are serving in their passion, then we will see our ministries bear fruit and be effective for the kingdom.
Dear Heavenly Father,

Please grant me the wisdom and discernment to lead Your people well. May I learn to motivate and inspire others to lead well for the sake of the kingdom. Help me to always be a good representative for You.

Devotions for February 22

Numbers 10,11
Psalms 27
Mark 1

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