Wise Counsel, Part 1of3, Evans Olang

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Exodus 18:1-27, “19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you…”

It is exciting to be used of God. Looking at what the Lord can perform through you and understanding that He did not pick you because of your ability but His ability and power He deposited in you, this is marvelous. 2Corinthians 4:7 reminds us that, “…we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us“.

Each of us has a treasure in our earthly vessels. Vessels that can break and yet the Master has still chosen to use us as JARS OF CLAY. With this in mind, serving the Lord in ministry gives you a sense of worth, fulfillment and excitement. With the God given ability, you would want to serve in every ministry, and being that others see the potential in you, they may invite you to be involved in different ministries to reach people. Here comes a little problem, you can be so stretched that you lose your priorities, balance, and effectiveness. Doing everything does not equal effectiveness.

Moses spoke with God directly receiving instructions and power to perform, he goes to Egypt and delivers the Israelites mightily. If you remember, Moses was a nobody until God called him and used him. For the first time, Moses was enjoying ministry, He was a leader used mightily and praise be to God. In all these he needed to be reminded of some things we will see. Moses was married to Zipporah, they had two sons. When God sent him to Egypt, he went without his family. His family was left at his in-laws. Finally Moses is in the wilderness with the children of Israel, his father in-law comes from Midian bringing Moses’ wife and his sons to reunite the family. Jethro, Moses’ father in-law hears testimonies after testimonies of what the Lord had done and they both rejoiced in God’s miracles.

Now that he had brought the Israelites out of Egypt, it was time for Moses to also minister to his family, however he gave all attention to those he deliverd. vs. 13, “And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening”. Here are a series of questions I would have asked, when did he have time to rest? If he served the people all day, where was the time left for him to minister to his wife and sons? I knew of a senior pastor of a church, had a TV ministry, had evangelism ministry, traveled a lot, was a director of another ministry at a certain region, was involved in writing a Christian magazine, was involved in another project, he was in another committee and to top it, he had a wife and two young boys. I don’t know about you but I feel this is way too much especially with the fact that he has a family. We cannot do everything even if we want to or feel like we can.

There are people in ministry who believe that unless they are used mightily of God out there, serving their family is not a great ministry. I believe that our number one ministry is to serve our families. Joshua said in Joshua 24:15, “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord“, his first priority was the ministry in his house. A quote by one of my favorite preachers Paul Washer, “what shall it profit a man if he shall gain a whole ministry and loose his wife”. You can be successful in ministry and fail at home, I would rather fail in ministry and be successful at home. This is my number one ministry. I will give an account to God one day how I treated and took care of His daughter (my wife). Jesus died for the church and husbands are expected to die for their wives and children, and not sacrifice the family at the altar of their ministry. God may give you a task that may interrupt your family for a season, but I do not believe it is forever as we will see with Moses. What is your number one ministry? May we receive wise counsel if we have not. Blessings Ev

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