Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What is this
thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the
people stand before you from morning until evening?” (Exodus 18:14)
our zeal to please God and advance His kingdom, we Christians often take on
responsibilities that God never intended us to have. One of the great
challenges of the Christian life is determining what God does not want us to
do! Our intentions are admirable: We love God, we love His people, and we see
many needs around us. But sometimes our good intentions cause more harm than
was aware of the need for someone to settle disputes among the Israelites.
Someone had to help those former slaves learn how to live together as the
people of God, so Moses took it upon himself to meet this need. Long lines of
unhappy people, hoping to have their cases heard, stood before Moses each day.
Moses spent day after day carrying the weight of his nation’s problems on his
shoulders. Finally his father-in-law, an outsider, witnessed what Moses was
doing and challenged the wisdom of his actions. Moses was taking on more than
he could handle. He was wearing himself out trying to do what was impossible
for one person. In doing this service alone, Moses was robbing others of an
opportunity to serve the Lord. He was also doing a disservice to his people, who
otherwise could have had their issues resolved much sooner.
you become aware of a need, do not automatically assume God wants you to meet
it. The only reason to perform ministry is that God clearly tells you it is His
will. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all that you are doing, you are
probably doing more than God has asked. Pray carefully about the assignments
you take on, so that you don’t rob yourself and others of God’s best.