Scripture: Exodus 18:17-18
Moses' father-in-law said to him, "The thing that you are doing is not good. "You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.
Insights: I think for many people the reason they are hesitant to adjust their lives to the will of God is because they think this adjustment will change who they are. In some ways this is a justifiable concern, because obedience to God is going to alter you. The reality is the change will be for His glory and your good. More often than not, the adjustments God requires of our lives do not actually change our character, but make us better and more efficient servants of our King. For example, in today’s verses we see Jethro telling Moses that what he was doing was not good and further explained that Moses’ present course of action was going to wear him and everyone following him out. Notice, Jethro did not tell Moses to stop being a prophet, ruler or judge. Jethro’s instructions were clearly designed to help make Moses a better and more effective judge. This kind of adjustment is more often than not the kind of adjustment God makes in our lives. God has called us to service and obedience. He has gifted and equipped us for such service. And just like when we start a new job or sport or activity we are not as good at the tasks in the beginning. In time, we become faster, smarter, and better at the job and become more productive. God’s adjustments are like the tools needed to make us a more proficient employee. These adjustments do not alter who we are, but make us better. Before anyone misconstrues what I am attempting to say regarding the change in our core being, let me clarify. I am writing specifically from a Christian perspective. If you are lost and have never received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then these words do not apply to you. What you need is a radical, life altering, core changing encounter with Jesus. This relational encounter will indeed change who you are. Before you were walking in death and sin, but after Jesus takes your life, you walk in new life for the very first time. This salvific experience is not just an adjustment; it is life altering change with eternal ramifications. The adjustments are for after you have become a Christ-follower and they make you a better disciple.
- What areas in your life do you need to adjust?
- Do you realize how these adjustments make you a more effective follower of Christ Jesus?
Prayer: Father, Your vantage point to life is perfect and You know exactly what adjustments I need to make in order to be the most effective servant to Your kingdom. Help me, Lord, to be pliable in Your hands and obedient to Your will and direction. Amen.