A Better Way

Joel Plantinga

READ : Exodus 18:9-27

“What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.” (vv. 17-18, niv)

In the workplace, we’re supposed to make ourselves indispensable. But when we take this approach with kingdom work, the results are predictable and devastating. Too many pastors and church leaders who thought they could “do it all” have seen that flaming passion turn to burnout. There has to be a better way!

Jethro saw his son-in-law trying to be all things to all people. With great wisdom, he pulled Moses aside and showed him a better way. What if Moses could train and equip judges to resolve most of the disputes, freeing him to be the leader and to handle only the tough cases? Moses agreed and did what he was told.

It’s tough to be an equipper in a society that demands results right now. Instead of making ourselves indispensable, we should strive to become replaceable! This lightens our workload and gives others a chance to use their gifts. Moses’ act of equipping allowed the people of God to grow in maturity, ability, and service. What are you doing to mentor another person in ministry?


Lord, lead me to someone I can mentor and train for your service. Amen.