Scripture Numbers 11
26However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”
29But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” 30 Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.
The more people who are filled with the Spirit of God and moved to serve God – the lighter the load on us all and the more joyous our fellowship with each other.
So often I have seen within congregations and groups one person, or one small group of people carrying the bulk of the load for everyone else, when it comes to service or leadership.
Also I have been around congregations where practically no one was willing to serve, and the bulk of the ministry was laid upon the shoulders of the pastor. (This is not a good sign, but it is a common occurrence)
Moses was weary – he had been given the responsibility for the entire nation of Israel to be their spiritual leader. The burden was too much for him to carry alone. And the Lord recognized this and so anointed seventy others to share in the responsibility and receive a portion of the Spirit which God had placed upon Moses.
Within many congregations I believe that God grants at least a portion of the Spirit of leadership which he has placed upon the Shephered / Pastor / Leader to be placed upon some of the other members so that the burden is shared and the leader is not burned out too quickly. (Yes we can and do get burned out)
I know that I have found this to be true in the congregations that I have served. God will often place someone there with a calling and a spirit of servitude to assist in the ministry. But just as Joshua son of Nun spoke up against the two who had been specially anointed, it seems that there are usually some who are unhappy with those who are called to share in the leadership and serve in the ministry.
Moses however, was happy to share the responsibility, he was happy to see the men prophesying and said I wish all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!
But we shouldn’t be too hard on Joshua son of Nun either because he was only looking out for Moses whom he had served since his youth. With good intentions he pointed out what he thought was a compromise of Moses’ authority and leadership.
But Moses wasn’t worried, and neither should we be when we see God’s people serving Him with zeal and Spirit. Praise God for those who are willing to step up and do those things that not everyone wants to do. May the LORD pour out his spirit on more of us!
Father I thank you for those whom you have anointed to serve in the various parts of your ministry. Thank you for placing them in my path, so as I serve along side them, let me always be respectful and thankful for what they do.
I am not the only dancer on the dance floor – I yield some of the spotlight of ministry to the lay people who serve beside me every day.