If The Shoe Fits, Wear It
“Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, Men of truth, hating covetousness.” Exodus 18:21a
I recently heard a message on leadership and how important it is for leaders to “delegate” the task of leading and management. Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law counsels him to find men for such a task. In my pessimism, I said to myself, “good luck with that”.
It’s sad but true that there are too many of us that if we were to try on the shoe that “fits the bill” of the requirements that Jethro suggests, we would find that it doesn’t fit, nor are we willing to wear it.
Going along with the previous message of the statement Jesus makes in Matthew 11,” Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light”.
It appears to me that the problem isn’t that the shoe doesn’t fit but rather, who has time to try it on? Life has become way too difficult and we have allowed the things of this world to weigh us down. Our theme verse for the year is Hebrews 12:1,2 and the idea of “let us lay aside every weight” is so important to fulfilling the commission that was laid out way back in Exodus 18.
I can’t tell you the disappointment I experience when I present an opportunity to a Pastor of engaging in a covenant with a man coming out of the Colony. The look on his face when the thought of yet another task, is discouraging. Even when I try to explain that he could delegate the responsibility to someone else, the questions are always the same, “but who”?
There are too many men who show up for a Sunday service every week and yet when asked to help out, have a laundry list of obligations that interfere. I understand that we are busy and our priorities are set, but I don’t understand how the “Great Commission” has fallen so far back on the list that it isn’t even on the radar.
As men who have claimed the name of Jesus as our “Lord and Savior” shouldn’t we take the time to re-evaluate our priorities and install the program of the command found in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. Try on the shoes of “able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness.” I think you’ll wear them well. Amen! – Rob Russomano graduated from the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick
Think About This: There are many things which a person can do alone, but being a Christian is not one of them. As the Christian life is, above all things, a state of union with Christ, and of union of his followers with one another, love of the brethren is inseparable from love of God. Resentment toward any human being cannot exist in the same heart with love to God. The personal relationship to Christ can only be realized when one has “come to himself” as a member of His Body, the Christian fellowship. William T Ham
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Psalm 63:5-6