“Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.”
No great work of God has ever been done alone. Every great work of God has been done because of people who rallied behind their leader so they could do a great work together. God certainly uses individuals to do great works, but no individual will do the work alone. When you look throughout the Scriptures, you will always find that the great works were started because of an individual, but they became great works because of people rallying behind that individual to do the work in a greater way.
Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, made this astute observation to Moses. Jethro saw how Moses was trying to lead the people by himself, and he told him that he would “wear away” if he continued in this manner. Jethro told Moses, “…this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.” What Jethro was saying to Moses was that he needed to get help. He wanted Moses to find able people to help him in this great work. Several lessons are taught in this conversation that could help every church become a great church of these lessons are followed. Let me share these lessons with you.
First, everybody has limitations. I don’t care how able-minded you are, or how strong you think you are; you still have limitations. You can only do so much by yourself. When you realize that you have limitations is when you realize that you need others to help you to do God’s work with you. You cannot do it alone.
Second, not everyone has the same capacity. It is okay to realize that you cannot do as much as another, but you can do something. Verse 21 reveals that people have different abilities to lead. Some can lead thousands, but others can lead hundreds, fifties, and tens. It is important to understand that every person has a capacity. Learning that you have a capacity does not make you inferior or superior to others; it is learning what God can do through you.
Third, everybody has something they can contribute. Just because your capacity may be tens doesn’t mean you have nothing to contribute. Somebody has to be one of the ten for the one who can lead ten people to lead. The one is as important as the thousands. If every “one” felt they were not important because they could not lead tens, fifties, hundreds, or thousands, then the ability of the one who could lead these amount of people would go to waste. The willingness of the “one” to contribute to their ability allows the one who can lead larger groups to lead to their potential. In other words, the “one” contributing to their ability is what allows the leader to be able to lead. Whatever you have to contribute always helps those who can contribute more to be able to do what they are able to do.
Fourth, whatever your capacity may be to lead or follow is vital to the great works of the LORD being accomplished. My friend, no great work is done alone. It takes people with all abilities to do what they can do so that the work can become a great work.
The question you must ask yourself is, are you doing what you can do with your ability? Everyone will reach their potential if every “one” person contributes to their ability. Great works are built by individuals contributing to their ability.