In our Exodus reading this week, Moses is faced with the need to delegate the responsibilities of discerning the teachings and way of God to those who are qualified to assist him. Moses applied the counsel that was given to him, and leadership inside the community of the Hebrews was birthed. Replication is vital to God's plan today.
Have you ever thought of what Moses must have gone through sorting out 3 million people? Think of the logistics, and what it must have been like, to look out daily over the people and see the need.
Today, there is a great need for the people of the community of Faith to come together and activate all around the world for the Kingdom. The Word tells us that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
Our emphasis at Touched by Grace is Reaching the World One Person at a Time. We have seen time and time again, through your partnership, how God is making an impact on the lives of individuals around the world from the Middle East and Europe.
Exodus 18:20 points out, just like in the days of Moses, we need teachings that bring about faith. These teachings, rooted and grounded in the Word of God, will guide individuals on how to live their lives with passion. We have a great need for continued sound doctrine, and teachings, that will raise up competent men and women of God and challenge them to reach daily to those around them in their place of work, education, or other activities.
God daily gives us opportunities to be available for Him. Governments have agendas that take us away from living a life according to the teachings and the precepts of God. These agendas can only be addressed by living lifestyles of what God has placed in His Word to help guide us.
"20 You should also teach them the laws and the teachings, and show them how to live their lives and what work they should do. 21 But you should choose from among all the people competent men who are God-fearing, honest and incorruptible to be their leaders, in charge of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
24 Moshe paid attention to his father-in-law’s counsel and did everything he said. 25 Moshe chose competent men from all Isra’el and made them heads over the people, in charge of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 26 As a general rule, they settled the people’s disputes — the difficult cases they brought to Moshe, but every simple matter they decided themselves."
Acts 6:1-17 CJB
"Around this time, when the number of talmidimwas growing, the Greek-speaking Jews began complaining against those who spoke Hebrew that their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution. 2 So the Twelve called a general meeting of the talmidimand said, “It isn’t appropriate that we should neglect the Word of God in order to serve tables. 3 Brothers, choose seven men from among yourselves who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will appoint them to be in charge of this important matter, 4 but we ourselves will give our full attention to praying and to serving the Word.”
5 What they said was agreeable to the whole gathering. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Ruach HaKodesh, Philip, Prochoros, Nikanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicholas, who was a proselyte from Antioch. 6 They presented these men to the emissaries, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 7 So the word of God continued to spread. The number of talmidimin Yerushalayim increased rapidly, and a large crowd of cohanimwere becoming obedient to the faith."
1 Timothy 3:1-14 CJB
"1 Here is a statement you can trust: anyone aspiring to be a congregation leader is seeking worthwhile work. 2 A congregation leader must be above reproach, he must be faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, orderly, hospitable and able to teach. 3 He must not drink excessively or get into fights; rather, he must be kind and gentle. He must not be a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, having children who obey him with all proper respect; 5 for if a man can’t manage his own household, how will he be able to care for God’s Messianic Community? 6 He must not be a new believer, because he might become puffed up with pride and thus fall under the same judgment as did the Adversary. 7 Furthermore, he must be well regarded by outsiders, so that he won’t fall into disgrace and into the Adversary’s trap.
8 Likewise, the shammashim must be of good character, people whose word can be trusted. They must not give themselves to excessive drinking or be greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must possess the formerly hidden truth of the faith with a clean conscience. 10 And first, let them be tested; then, if they prove themselves blameless, let them be appointed shammashim. 11 Similarly, the wives must be of good character, not gossips, but temperate, faithful in everything. 12 Let the shammashim each be faithful to his wife, managing his children and household well. 13 For those who serve well as shammashim gain good standing for themselves and much boldness in the trust that comes through Yeshua the Messiah.14 I hope to visit you soon; but I am writing these things."
Questions for reflection:
How can I serve God in my community?
Do you see yourself as God's choice to teach those around you?
How do I prepare myself for daily service with God?
My prayer is that all of us find our way to Him in Spirit and Truth and come out of our personal Egypt's to find us worshipping Him.