Sharing The Burden Of Responsibility
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Episode 112 · 2 months ago

Sharing The Burden Of Responsibility

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If you are responsible for much, share it with others. Will you rise up to share in the responsibility? With God’s help you can. Believers are empowered by the Holy Spirit to faithfully influence and lead the people God has brought into their lives.

Going to preach a message to you now, with you now, called sharing the burden of responsibility, and we're gonna look at four parts in history that are recorded for us in the Bible about this, when people have shared the burden of responsibility and when people have stepped up to share the burden of responsibility. Because as a leader, you know that it takes both right, someone needs to share it and others need to step up. And so leadership really is three things. It's somebody got an idea, then there's a delegation of who is going to accomplish that idea and then there is an inspection of how did this go? Did we accomplish what we set out to accomplish? How's it going? And whenever we cover a topic like leadership like this, I think the natural tendency for some of us is to really jump in, but then the majority, or maybe some of us, are like, I don't know how this applies to me at all. I don't I don't get it, but it does apply to you. I know for certain it does. So like think for a minute about your car. Okay, at some point in time you will have the idea that the car needs cleaned okay, now you have to ask. The next question is who's going to clean the car? Then you will have the idea sometime in the future about, okay, the car needs cleaned again, and you will have to make a judgment call of how well it was cleaned the first time or how well of a good of a job they did, in order to how soon this will happen in the future. Right, right. We are all leaders to one degree or another. We all do this, we all have influence, and if you have influence, you are a leader, even if maybe the only person that you're influencing right now is yourself. That is an important leadership development area. Like, for example, who made you get up today? Maybe a spouse or a friend, but ultimately, who gets you up in the morning is you. You have to decide I'm gonna finally turn that alarm off for the third time, roll out of bed and get rolling. Okay, like you gotta make that decision. Nobody else is gonna do that for you, but others of you. You know you're a leader. You lead groups, you lead organizations, you have influence over people, high capacity, people perform mean important tasks and when it comes to a church like this. We are designed, every one of us is designed to influence other people. We have that responsibility and the more effective we are at sharing the burden of responsibility, the better we will accomplish our mission. So maybe you're the one with the idea, maybe you're the one doing the delegating or the inspecting, or maybe you're the one that needs to step up, that a leader asked say hey, can you do this? Right? Either way, we all have to share in the burden of responsibility, and so we're gonna look at the life of Moses to start with. Today we're gonna look at Exodus Chapter Eighteen and then we're gonna jump to numbers, chapter eleven, and then, I told you, we've got two more places to go. So we're gonna start an exodus chapter eighteen. If you have your Bible, I would love for you to turn there with me. We would give you a free Bible if you ask...

...for one out in the lobby after the service, and I also have the words on the screen behind me as well. But in exodus chapter eighteen, I gotta tee it up for you. Okay, exodus chapter eighteen is about a man named Moses, and Moses was called by God to lead the Nation of Israel out of slavery of Egypt and into the Promised Land. That's a big deal. We're talking about leading, you know, lots and lots of people doing something that was pretty impossible. And so Moses is leading these people and they go to the Promised Land and then they don't actually get there because they don't trust God. They disobey God and they ended up wandering in the Wilderness for forty some years. And what's Awesome in Exodus Chapter Eighteen is Moses father in law, his name is jethrow, comes to visit Moses and you can just imagine it right your parents come in, Mos is, his parents come in, Moses father in law comes in, and Moses telling them the story of all the amazing things that happened. He's like, God, call me to go to Pharaoh and say let my people go, and Pharaoh said no, and all this crazy stuff happen and here we were walking through the Red Sea and I got all these people following me and then the seas came and crashed down on the Egyptian army and we made it through. And this is incredible. God's doing these incredible he was guiding us, he was leading us. It was amazing, all this stuff. And you know, they're having a meal together, they're enjoying the time, they're praising God, they're worshiping God, and Jethro was like, man, this Moses guy is incredible. I can't believe all of this amazing things that God did in Moses's life. I wonder what it's like for Moses to go to work tomorrow. Wouldn't you be wondering too? Right, this is incredible, Moses. What's it like for an average day in Moseses life? Okay, exitent chapter eighteen. The next day, after all that excitement, Moses took his seat to hear the People's disputes against each other. They waited before him from morning till evening, and Jethro was like, are you serious, Moses? That's what you're doing? No, you're not. This sounds like a terrible job. Right, JETHRO says it this way. Right. When Moses fathering law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, what are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all of this alone while everyone stands around you from morning until evening? And these are some great questions and sometimes we need somebody outside of our regular life, outside of our circle, to come in and shine some light into what's going on in our world. And you know, it is never a good thing to do something alone, when everyone is just standing around waiting. When I learned that I would be planting a church, right when God was like you're going to plant a church and I started telling people this vision, this dream, you know what? The first thing people that have done this before told me. Don't do it alone. That's what they said. And so what was the first thing that I did? What Alicia and I did? We put together a leadership team to do this together. That's what we did, and some of you have been a part of that. Yeah, so what are you doing alone, and who around you can help you do it? The answer to that question is such a huge leadership development question. I believe that you can answer that...

...question. All right, what are you doing alone? And so this is Moses' response to his father in Law's question. Moses replied because the people come to me to get a ruling from God. That sounds like a good answer. Right when the dispute Arizes, they come to me and I am the one who settles the case between the quarreling parties. I inform the people of God's decrees and give them his instructions. And I guarantee that your push back to my question about who's standing around you that you could ask to help you is probably very similar to Moses's response here. You're like, I got this, I don't need anyone to help me. God called me to do this and I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna do it really good. Nobody else can do it better than me. Right, that's your answer. That's all of our answers. I can handle this. Look what Moses's father in law says to that. He says this is not good. Moses, his father in law exclaimed this is not good whenever his voice sounded like you're not, you're you're going to wear yourself out, and the people too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself, and your life is too heavy a burden to handle all by yourself. You need Jesus, who says, come to me, all who are burden and heavy laden, right, and I will give you rest. You need Jesus and you need the people that Jesus has placed in your life to share your burden with them so that you don't wear yourself out. We need to rest and rely on Jesus and the people that God has placed in our life. And so jethrow continues. He's a very wise man, he says. Now, listen to me and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. Right, we need God to be with us. You should continue to be the people's representative before God, bringing their disputes to him, teach them God's decrees and give them his instructions and show them how to conduct their lives right. There are certain things that, Moses, you need to do. There are certain things that you need to do. But that's the next big word. But right. But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes, appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty and ten, and they should always be available to solve the people's common disputes. But have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. Right, these are what the people are doing, to share in the burden, to share the responsibility. Then the next statement that jethro makes is super important. He says this. If, everybody say, if, if you follow this advice and if God commands you to do so, remember that was JETHRO's advice. Right, then you will be able to endure the pressures and all these people will go home in peace. If, if, if, is one of the hardest questions that a leader has to answer in their life and it's one that I'm pressing into all of the time. Right, how can I better developed people to carry the load of responsibility? How can you...

...better develop people to carry the load of responsibility that you have in your family, in Your Business, in your community, in your circle of friends? Do you think Moses took JETHRO's advice? Yeah, he did, he did, he took his father in law's advice and he appointed those people. Yes, yeah, it's a good it's a good end to the story. Right. So later on, fast forward now handful of years, there is another leadership challenge. And how many of you, that our leaders, know that once you solve one thing, there's all always more to come. Right, there's always more, there's always more, and so Moses is confronted with, I'll use this again, Moses is confronted with another leadership challenge, and this time they're wandering in the wilderness. Right, Moses is leading all these people and the people are the worst, because people are the worst, right. They're complaining about everything, about the food and the Manna, and I can't believe God would lead us out here and leave us to die, and Blah, blah, Blah Blah. Moses is like, Oh my goodness, I hate my life, I hate this job. Moses was like, I didn't give birth to these people. God, why am I in charge of them? I can't believe that you put me here to lead these people. Do you know these people? And every leader has probably felt that the one degree or another at some point in their life. But then Moses says something sobering and really true. Um, he says, God, it would be better if I was just dead, then I wouldn't have to do this anymore. And you know, every leader probably has felt that way at some point in time. figure it to the believe. But also, I mean if you no high capacity leaders, if you see the news, people with a lot of responsibility sometimes make that decision and it's a really sad thing. Right, it's a lot. It's really important. This is really important. And so Moses is in the middle of this like pit of despair, of this burden of responsibility is so heavy, so crushing, and God speaks into that moment. Isn't that a good thing that God speaks into our moments of incredible stress and depression and all of that? Right, so the Lord said to Moses. This is numbers. Chapter Eleven, Verse Sixteen. Gather before me seventy men who are recognized as elders and leaders of Israel, and bring them to the Tabernacle to stand there with you, and I will come down and talk to you there and I will take some of the spirit that is upon you and I will put the spirit upon them also, and they will bear the burden of the people along with you, so that you will not have to carry it alone. Look what happens and why it happens. Right, people are raised up to carry the load so that one leader doesn't have to do it alone. These seventy men came and they all received the same spirit, a little bit of Moses's spirit onto them. But then something happens out of...

Moses's control. And this is true about leadership. You can have control or you can lead, but you can't do both. When you give responsibility to people, they are going to do things outside of the defined control lines, because that's what people do. And there was two. There's always two, right, there's always two people, El Dad and me Dad. They stayed behind at the camp. They were listed among the seventy elders, but they had not gone to the Tabernacle yet. The Spirit rested upon them as well, and so they prophesied, which is to speak authoritatively in God's name, like Moses was doing. They're in the camp and a young man ran and reported to Moses. You just see this little boy right held dad and me dad are prophesying in the camp. Oh No, Oh no, oh no. Right, and one of Moses's right hand men, Joshua, the son of none, who had been Moses's assistant since his youth, protested Moses, my master. Make them stop. And isn't that always our first response? Right, make it stop. This is too much. This is too much change, this is too much that was not in our control. This is too much that we weren't expecting. This is too much. Just make it stop. But look how Moses answers. He says, are you jealous? For my sake, he says, I wish everyone, say I wish, I wish that all the Lord's people were prophets and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them all. And then Moses returned to the camp with the elders of Israel. What did Moses wish for? That all the people would have this spirit of the Lord upon them, and it was a wish that was echoed all throughout the Old Testament prophets. All these all other Old Testament prophets are hoping and wishing for the day when the Lord's Spirit would be upon everyone, because in the Old Testament the Holy Spirit just kind of came and then he went only on certain people, usually the leaders. But there was a wish, there was a hope that one day the spirit would be for everyone, with everyone, empower everyone. So do you think that has happened right period in history? Number three, fast forward a couple of thousand years. That day when the spirit comes to everyone and happened on a day that we know or call as pentecost. And so if you want to jump in your Bible with me to acts chapter two. That's a far jump. They were waiting a long time for the promise to happen, and it says this that on the day of Pentecost, how many believers, all the believers, were meeting together in one place, and suddenly there was a sound from heaven, like the roaring of a mighty wind store and it filled the house they were sitting in. Then what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on. How many of them, each of them and how many people? Everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. And so the Holy Spirit came upon everyone, to fill everyone, to influence other people, to teach other people, to lead other people, and they were speaking these languages.

And all these people were in Jerusalem that day from all over the world and they were hearing these people talk in their own native languages, which was a miracle, a miracle that was promised by God in the Old Testament that was coming to fruition, coming to pass on this day at Pentecost, and so the spirit that Moses wished for right it happened. That day happened, and as we close our time together today, I want to look at a specific application of that in the life of the church, and so we're gonna look at a story in the book of Well Acts, Chapter Eighteen, I guess, the same book Um, but in a different town, in the city of Corinth. Okay, because what's true that happened at Pentecost is true with us in the Church today. Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit comes to Endwell, permanently inside of you, and we are learning as believers to be filled more with the spirit each and every day, each and every moment, so that we can do what God is calling us to do. And sometimes things will happen outside of our nicely controlled boundary lines because God is moving and God is working and God is doing something in his spirit that sometimes our organizational plans can't hold. But we recognize that the mission of the church is so big, the responsibility so big, that we need more people, more people filled with the spirit, who will share in the burden of the responsibility that we are as a church. We need that in the church. We need you to be those people. All right, so here we are in Corinth and Paul stayed in Corinth for some time after they've been there, right. And so he said goodbye to the brothers and sisters and went to nearby Centuria, and there he shaved his head according to Jewish custom, marking the end of a vow. And then he set sail for Syria. And who did he take with him on this journey? Priscilla and Aquila, and they stopped first at the port of Ephesis, where Paul left the others behind. Paul had made such a connection with these two believers, Priscilla and Aquila. They were tent makers. That's what Paul did. They worked together, they lived together, they spent so much time together. They had formed a very authentic relationship. They've developed a very authentic relationship right, Priscilla and Aquila and Paul. They're traveling together, and Paul kind of leaves them behind in ephesis. And so mean while jump ahead a couple of verses. Meanwhile, there was a Jew named Apolos, an eloquent speaker who knew the scripture as well. He had arrived in emphasis from Alexandria and Egypt, and he had been taught the way of the Lord and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John's baptism. Oh So, when who, Priscilla and Aquila, heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they, Priscilla and Aquila, took him, Apollos aside and explained the way of the Lord even more accurately. See, the movement of the Church was growing exponentially all around the world. People were coming to faith in Jesus, and Paul was like the spearhead. He was leading the way, but he was doing it in such a way that he was partnering with what the Holy Spirit was doing and entrusting other people like Scilla and Equality...

Aquilla with responsibility. Paul wasn't just a disciple of Jesus, he was a disciple maker for Jesus. He was accomplishing what Jesus called him to do, to go and make disciples who will then go and make more disciples, and those disciples would go on to start churches when those disciples were raised up. And so sometimes, and actually probably all the time, people who are on fire for God, like Apolos was in this passage, they need some guidance and guess who's there in their life. You are and Paul, and if I'm like the pastor right the leader, I can't always do it. Paul can't always do it. I can't go to your work and have the relationship that you have with people at your job. I can't live in your house in your neighborhood and have the relationship and pray, care and share Jesus with your neighbors. They're your neighbors, they're not my neighbors. They are there for you. And I can't lead all the ministries at this church and I can't be everyone's personal pastor. That's not how the church is designed. Thank God, in all of his perfect wisdom all throughout history, designed his people to operate at full capacity by sharing the burden of responsibility, by raising up leaders who raise up other people to make sure that those leaders are full of the same spirit that we are. And when opportunities arise, we need people to step into them. Don't back down from the opportunity, because God is using you. He wants to use you, he wants to use you here and I pray that I can get out of the way and help you share in the responsibility like never before and I believe God is going to continue to do incredible things when that happens. So yes, amen, and let's pray. Lord Jesus, thank you that your word is so practical, that your truth is so applicable to our life. I pray for those today who are feeling the responsibility, the weight of responsibility, that they would be able to share that responsibility with you, Jesus. You promise to be there, no matter what they're carrying, to take their tiredness and their weariness, to take their burden upon your shoulders and say, I'm gonna be there for you, I'm gonna hold you up in the hardest of moments, and I'm also gonna give you some advice. Don't do it alone. Raise up people to help you. And so, Lord, I pray for all of us listening to this today that we would be ready and willing and able to say yes, God, I'm ready to step up into what you're calling me to do. I'm ready to fill that role, I'm ready to accept that responsibility and I'm ready, God, to share it. I'm ready to distribute it, I'm ready to invite people to say, Hey, let's do this together, let's do this together God, you've got incredible things in store for every single one of us and for this church. And Lord, I pray that your spirit would be the power that flows through it all. And Lord, help me and help all of us to just get out of the way and let you do what you do. So, God, we just us that you would...

...do this now, in Jesus name. Amen.

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