Bringing up Others
"So the LORD said to Moses, "Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; and have him stand before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and commission him in their presence." Numbers 27:18-19
There is no question that Moses was one of the greatest leaders of all time. He faced constant challenges in his leadership yet he continued to have a steadfast dependence on God and a heart for the people. He led the Israelites all the way to Canaan and there God had him to renew the covenant reminding them of their choices that would result in blessings or curses. Moses did not get the opportunity to step foot into the promise land but he was able to see it from a far. As He came to the end of his journey he commissioned Joshua to succeed him in front of the entire Israelite community. Joshua would not be the leader that Moses was, but he would still prove to be a great leader for the people.
I’ve been attending Sunrise Church for over sixteen years. Shortly after attending I checked my daughter into the nursery. I was so blessed by the women who cared for my daughter I decided to volunteer to help alongside them. Each week as I served, the women taught me to serve in humility as they did. I was challenged to pray for the obstacles that got in the way of allowing me to get to church on Sunday and God removed them by faith. I learned to have a greater love for the children, parents and for the volunteers. I was taught how to meet the present needs of the children and to foresee the needs that may arise. I developed a better understanding for the different personalities of the children I cared for each week. God gave me the gift of joy as I got to know the children and looked forward to seeing them and their parents. I accredit my ability to serve faithfully to the women that patiently worked with me, encouraged me to love selflessly and to think of others more than myself. They taught me not to give up and to not to grow weary in doing good for the Lord.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." Galatians 6:9-10
Many of the women I started with in the nursery have either retired or moved on, yet thanks to God many new volunteers have joined the ranks. The time and patience it took to train and minister to me has been priceless and now I have the opportunity to pour this goodness into someone else. What a joy it is to be a part of God’s plan to love and help His people and to even be a part of building His kingdom for His glory.
Joshua spent many hours caring for Moses and learning from him. He was being equipped to continue, but in a leadership position that he accepted by faith. We as Christians have the same responsibility as Moses to live a righteous life in obedience to God and to be an example to others. As we serve in leadership in our family, church and community we should be faithful to train others. God’s work will go forward with us and after us. Who are you training up in your family, church or community? Will you help to equip someone to do the work that you do for the Lord? Remember each person leads specifically to their gifts and talents. There are no two leaders that are exactly the same, but both can be great in the sight of the Lord.
Posted on Wed, April 15, 2015
by Sam Petitfils