Exodus 18:17-18, “Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 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.”
We are all guilty of thinking that if we want something done right we have to do it ourselves. False pride definitely stokes this sentiment. Therefore, this errant belief stymies us from reaching our maximum potential. We get so caught up in the superfluous that we are blind to the significant. Why? Because we are too busy trying to please everyone, yet it’s an impossible thing to do. Moses had just led two million Jews out of Egyptian slavery. The Israelites had seen amazing things happen. God parted the Red Sea and led them in a cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. He had produced water from a rock and provided manna and quail for their every meal. And still, they complained about their living conditions to Moses. This led him to think that he alone had to sit and judge every dispute between the entire nation.
Thankfully, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, helped him to see the pitfall of trying to do everything himself. He led him to understand that he wasn’t doing what God had commissioned him to do. He had far greater responsibilities awaiting. What if Moses hadn’t taken his father-in-law’s advice? Would he have been available to hear God’s voice? Because soon after, guess what? Moses received the 10 Commandments. Are you skipping the insignificant to perform what God has called you to do?
Father God, thank You for Your divine leadership and providing me with the discernment of when to leader-skip. Help me to know when I need to let go, when I need to say no, and when I need to take hold of what You have called me to do. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Spend some time considering what major thing God has called you to do, that if you hadn’t yielded to His command you might not have done, or vice versa. What did you potentially miss?
“Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:7
If you are a parent, have you ever realized that you are in the construction business? Sure, you may be a teacher, a business person, a stay at home parent, a doctor, or have some other profession. But your real calling is in construction. And one of the most important construction projects we can be a part of is constructing the lives of our children.
God, as our ultimate Father, has instructed us to build into our children a love for Him, a passion for His Word, and a desire for His plan. To do that, we have to put on the hard hat, though, because parenting is tough. We can’t skate by on this job. But if we are willing to do the difficult things, the things that are right but may not be popular, the results will be amazing! When we put on the hard hat and follow God’s blueprint for our children, the legacy that we will see as a result will put to shame even the most beautiful structures in our world. Because what our children will be a reflection of is the very creator of our world!
Thank God for giving us the blueprint for life. Ask Him to help you build into your children the very things that He wants them to experience!
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They continued steadily learning the teaching of the apostles, and joined the fellowship… Acts 2:42
Life is a series of lessons, a constant journey of learning. At Fellowship Church, we believe that in order to get the most out of the life God has given us, we must all become incurable learners. That’s why we strive to teach people about the love of Christ in continually creative and innovative ways.
All of us are multisensory learners. No two people learn exactly the same way. So we do all we can to engage the senses and engage different ways of learning. No matter how you learn, Fellowship Church has a way to teach you. Each weekend you can expect the unexpected, and you can expect to discover the amazing lessons God has in store for you!
Thank God for the fact that He has blessed Fellowship Church with such creativity and innovation. Pray for the leadership of our church as we all look ahead to reaching many people this Christmas with the most important lesson ever taught!
Begin (or continue) to invite people in your life who you know need the lesson of love found in Christ. Use this time of year to be strategic in getting them to the most creative entity on earth – the local church!