In the scriptures, we find a strong, dedicated leader of the people of God– his name is Moses. Moses was a brilliant man, educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. We recall God using him to part the Red Sea. We remember the challenges presented to him by his own people as they wandered through the wilderness. We think of his mentoring abilities with certain proteges like Joshua. There were times, however, when Moses needed others to experience God’s power. Let me cite three examples.
First, Moses was called by God to speak with the Egyptian Pharaoh and lead God’s people to liberty. I trust you remember his response. He was not comfortable with his communication style being “slow of speech and tongue.” He lacks confidence and power. How does God respond? God instructs Moses to take his brother, Aaron, with him to speak with the Pharaoh. In essence, God said to Moses, “Okay, my chosen leader, look around you– who is best qualified on your team to deliver the goods?”
The second episode illustrating Moses’ need for others occurs during Israel’s battle with the Amalekites. You can read the story in Exodus 17:10-13. It’s a beautiful story of Aaron and Hur lifting up their leader’s arms in the midst of battle. The battle on the ground is important and victory resides in the heavenlies.
Finally, in Exodus 18 we find a tired and weary leader. Moses was serving the people as judge from morning til evening. Enter Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law. Jethro was worried about Moses’ condition and advises him to select capable people who would serve as judge over the thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens– leaving only the most difficult cases to Moses.
Notice in all three cases cited above, God provided the power for Moses to be an effective leader. God sent to Moses other people– his team members. Don’t miss Moses’ response. He received his team members as a gift from God. This reception of help is rooted in humility.
A cell leader/pastor can experience the same type of power through the team that God has empowered, prepared and provided. A cell leader/pastor who does it “all” is not wise and needs a good “Jethro” talk. With humility, receive your team members (and cell members) as a gift from God.