When I was pursuing my pastoral ministry degree in Colorado Springs, I interviewed for a job as an Architectural Designer. The boss mentioned how he was so busy and hardly had time to get things done and needed someone to come in and take some of the load off of him. I told him that I would make it my job to make his job easier.
It wasn’t easy. He had worked so long doing most things by himself that he had a hard time letting go. The problem was not with easy tasks – he delegated those easily. But he found it hard to trust people to do the more important things. I was not the first person he hired with the hope of rescue. It made for a very tense atmosphere in the office. Eventually, together, we were able to wrest things from him, and proved we were capable. The difference it made emotionally was incredible, and morale shot through the roof!
10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. (Exodus 17:10-13)
Here we see two people becoming co-laborers with Moses – sharing his load. It is a wonderful picture of the role of fellow Christ-followers, to come alongside one another. It is also a testimony for how we ought to support those in leadership. How might you be able to support your pastor’s ministry? Your youth pastor? Your children’s pastor? Your worship Pastor? Your small group leader? How can you be Aaron and Hur in your church?
This is also a message for leaders. Right after this we are told of Jethro coming to Moses to tell him he needed to share leadership. I’ve often wondered if Jethro was inspired to offer this advice because of this battle. Can we leaders submit ourselves to the ready and able help of our brothers and sisters in Christ? Do we really have to do it all? Are we really the only ones who can do it right? Is perfection really that important?