“But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”
The story from the verse above is a great lesson for every leader and believer about the importance of working together. God commanded Moses to go and fight against Amalek, which he obeyed. He appointed Joshua to lead the army against the Amalekites while he, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill to watch the battle. Moses learned that Israel prevailed in the battle when he held up his arms, and when he let down his arms, Amalek prevailed. The problem was that his arms became heavy, and he couldn’t hold them up. Aaron and Hur moved a stone over for Moses to sit on while they held up his arms until they won the battle. The future of every church is dependent upon the principles this battle teaches. Let me share these principles with you so that you can help your church to go forward.
First, serving the LORD will become wearisome. Nobody ever said that you won’t get tired serving the LORD, or that you won’t become weary with the battle. However, the battle for the souls of men is too great to let “tired” or “weary” be the excuses not to continue the battle to win souls. You will become tired, but you must continue.
Second, you can’t do it all alone. If you are a leader in your church, whether you are a pastor, deacon, or a church leader, you will have to learn that trying to do everything yourself will only cause you to wear out. God has given you people to help you, and you are keeping them from growing and enjoying the benefit of God using them by trying to do everything by yourself.
Third, someone needs to help the leaders. My friend, your leader needs your help. One of the greatest problems in many churches is that the leader wants to let others help him, but many won’t help because they are too busy doing their own thing in the world. If you love your church, and if you love God, you will get involved in your church to help lift the load that your leader is carrying. Don’t make your pastor do everything himself. Ask him what you can do and be willing to do whatever he asks.
Fourth, don’t forget the pastor to help another leader. There will be many people you can help in a growing church, but you must never forsake the pastor to help another leader. Certainly, all leaders need to be helped, but often the pastor is left to do it by himself while people rally to the leaders below him. I have found that if the leaders lift up the arms of the pastor, and the church members help the leaders, everyone will be able to get the help they need for God’s church to go forward. If a pastor is who he should be, he will never be jealous of people helping the other leaders. However, don’t become so enamored with the other leaders that you forget to help the one whom God is blessing, your pastor.
Fifth, “together” will always do more than “alone.” A church doesn’t become a growing church because of one person; it becomes a growing church because everyone works together to get the job accomplished. Don’t ever take on the “superhero” mentality that you must get all the credit. Realize that a church working together accomplishes much more for Christ than if one person tries to do it all alone.