Jethro is a Church Worker


Exodus 18:23
If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.

The church is sometimes defined as a building, the whole body of Christians, or a group within Christianity. Therefore, the term “church workers” can only be interpreted by understanding its context. This month, I’m using the term to mean those who love and serve God by obeying him.

You and I cannot know if someone else is obeying God because God doesn’t check with us first before telling someone else what to do. We aren’t supposed to judge others, but we are supposed to help them.

Today, I am sharing the story of Jethro, the priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses. I don’t call everyone a church worker just because others call them a priest. Some who call themselves priest are not serving God. In the same way, not all who call themselves Christian are God-lovers.

We know Jethro was a church worker because he was willing to help, rather than judge someone. He was a man who gave good leadership advice to someone who was trying to do too much on his own. In Exodus 18, Jethro’s example helps us see how to be helpful without being bossy and judgmental.

Moses probably took Jethro’s advice to God and asked him about it. Or at least he judged the advice according to all that God had taught him in the past. Moses knew God’s ways by that time. That was why the people took their disputes to him. As long as Moses was passing the teaching along to the others, there would always be someone to delegate those responsibilities to.

Some of us think we’re irreplaceable. We’re not. That’s a good thing. We show our wisdom when we learn from those who are wiser. We can learn to delegate responsibilities, which makes everyone happier.

I know God wants us all to be wise church workers. We have to realize that we can’t do everything ourselves. We’re only responsible for our small part.

Are you seeking God with me so we all can be wise church workers?

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