When the father-in-law saw everything that Moses did for the people, he had the only two questions. For the first time, he was so interested – what is all that you do for people? And the other one was – Why do you sit alone when the rest of people stand near you from mornings till evenings? Then Moses answered that people came to him for seeking God’s will. Whenever they have some disputes, they came to him, and Moses decided between the parties to inform them of the laws and decrees of God. Later father-in-law of Moses replied that he thinks that it is not so good what Moses did. According to the opinion of his father-in-law, Moses and his people who came to him would only wear themselves out. He was sure that such work was so heavy for Moses, and he couldn’t handle it by his own.
Pastors do lots for people, and they also tend to be the pleasers for them. Pastors want to help out so many people as the can and have possibilities to do it. There is the common situation when the pastors end up and say yes to the different things, but they even don’t have time for this. Sometimes pastors even believe that they have to handle every counseling case that comes from its flock.
The reality which pastors need to realize is that they are never alone. But they should realize the most important thing. It is that they can’t be everything for all people. In this case, if the pastors try to do this, they will burn out very quickly. According to the statistics, the average pastor can effectively minister only up to 40 people. But what should they do, if there are more than 300 people in the church? Do they just neglect the rest of visitors? How can any pastor be a shepherd to the sheep when he can’t do this job completely? Is there any other choice for a pastor? Of course, there are lots of options and opportunities which the pastor may use. There are four the most important and interesting. The first option is the quick counsel the people alone. The second one is to use professional counselors. The third one is to use lay people for counsel by the establishing the Stephens ministry. The fourth option is to teach the congregation about the sense of community.
But there is also so-called quick-counseling. All we now live in the world of quick fixes, instant replays and fast foods. We are not agreed with the waiting for the answers which may appear only tomorrow. All we know to get answers today, right now, as soon as possible. And when it comes to the unbelievable difficulties, most modern people want the painless and immediate solutions.
When the father-in-law saw everything that Moses did for the people, he had the only two questions. For the first time, he was so interested – what is all that you do for people? And the other one was – Why do you sit alone when the rest of people stand near you from mornings till evenings? Then Moses answered that people came to him for seeking God’s will.