Exodus 18:13-27; 1 Peter 5:1-14; Matthew 1:1-17, 3:1-6
The advice that Moses’ father-in-law has for him is critical and offers an important lesson for us. Moses had put himself in a well-meaning but unhealthy position. At first glance, he may appear as a mediator between the people and God, but he was in some ways playing the role of God in the lives of the people. Like Moses, we are all ministers. We are not called to handle ministry alone. We are not to discern God’s will in isolation. We cannot be the sole carrier of the burdens of others. It is just too much, and we are not the Christ.
Instead, we are called to teach the Gospel and show people how to live it. We do not discern the will of God for ourselves, families, churches, or ministries alone. Instead, we gather wise and trustworthy people who help us listen to, pursue, and discern the will of God together. The great gift of the Church of Jesus Christ is that it is a community of faith, a family. We are not alone and as Moses is reminded, it is not wise to try to live that way.
As I often remind my own congregation, “We are all in this together.”
Prayer: Wise and gracious God, give us the wisdom to recognize that we are all in this together and that we need each other, but most importantly, we need you.
Today’s devotion was written by Marcus J. Carlson, pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Auburn, IN.