Exodus 18:13-27; 1 Peter 5:1-14; Matthew 1:1-17, 3:1-6
Being of the “baby boomer” generation, whenever I read the name, Jethro, all I can think of is that bumbling buffoon played by Max Baer, Jr. named Jethro Bodine of the TV sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Yet, in today’s scripture from Exodus 18, Jethro is the wise father-in-law of Moses. He sees his son-in-law wearing himself out, judging the disputes of God’s people from sunup to sundown. He wisely advises Moses to delegate his responsibilities before he is completely worn out! Even in today’s church we often see signs of “burn out” among those willing to serve God’s people. Sometimes the same few people try to do all the work. This passage reminds all of us that God did not call us from our baptism to be useless, burned out believers. But, God has called us to wisely use our personal resources to be useful followers, bringing the kingdom closer to more people and sharing the load. We are to engage in this process of ministry together. It is not always the most efficient way to do things, but it is the way to touch more lives for Christ.
Prayer: Lord, help me be a partnering person in ministry. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley,
Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Faith, NC.