Exodus 18:18 – Leading Alone

Today’s Readings: Ex 17:8‐19:15, Matt 22:34‐23:12, Ps 27:7‐14, Prov 6:27‐35

Something that jumped out to me:
Exodus 18:18 “You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.”

Context – Moses was the judge for all the Israelite people as well as the intercessor between God and the people. His father-in-law, Jethro, sees this and tells him to appoint “able men” to serve as judges under him to help him lead.

We need more people like Jethro, coaching the leaders in our culture. Some of what he said was probably a shot to Moses’ pride… “What? I can’t do it? It is too heavy for me? Have you seen my spiritual biceps?” However, Moses heeds Jethro’s words and gets help.

The spiritual life is not something we do alone. Why do we think spiritual leadership is?

Apply – Can you admit what areas of your life are currently too heavy for you? Who are the able people that God has put around you to help?


4 thoughts on “Exodus 18:18 – Leading Alone

  1. A good reminder that we are the “body” of Christ – meant to work together and not to try to fly solo. While we are given different talents and gifts, and we use those in different ways and with different levels of responsibility, we still must work together. When we try to stand alone we put ourselves in a very vunerable place. Thanks for the encouragement to lean on each other.

  2. Thanks for pointing out gifts Pam. I didn’t even think about the fact that Moses may not have been gifted at judging the people. Sometime we wear ourselves out trying to work in areas that we are not gifted in. Or, maybe he was gifted in the area of judging and felt like he could do a better job than someone else. Either way, he needed their help of others and so do we. Thanks for sharpening my thoughts…

  3. Spiritual leadership was a huge thing that I saw in both Exodus and Matthew today! Gotta love it when those OT and NT passages line up well like that!

    Matt. 23:1-12 talks about some of the ways the Pharisees are bad leaders (but Jesus does not discount them fully, “all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.”) and warns us against seeking honor from others, but rather encourages us to lead through serving and reliance on Christ (I like to think of it as leading as an arrow pointing to Christ). “Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” (Matt. 23:10-12)

    • Daniel. I really like the way you worded this. In fact, I’ve copied it and put it in a folder I keep for talking with our leadership.

      Yes, Christians leadership ability is directly proportional to their followership ability. “Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.”

      Keep bringing our Old and New Testament stuff together bud.

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