Have you ever felt like you were carrying such a heavy load that you just wanted God to kill you? If so, you're in good company—Moses was the leader of over 2 million people, and he felt the same way!
"Moses heard all the families standing in the doorways of their tents whining, and the Lord became extremely angry. Moses was also very aggravated. And Moses said to the Lord, ‘Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people? Did I give birth to them? Did I bring them into the world? Why did you tell me to carry them in my arms like a mother carries a nursing baby? How can I carry them to the land you swore to give their ancestors? Where am I supposed to get meat for all these people? They keep whining to me, saying, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I can’t carry all these people by myself! The load is far too heavy! If this is how you intend to treat me, just go ahead and kill me. Do me a favor and spare me this misery!’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Gather before me seventy men who are recognized as elders and leaders of Israel. Bring them to the Tabernacle to stand there with you. I will come down and talk to you there. I will take some of the Spirit that is upon you, and I will put the Spirit upon them also. They will bear the burden of the people along with you, so you will not have to carry it alone.’" Numbers 11:10-17, NLT
Today's devo is for leaders: pastors, church leaders, political leaders, business leaders, CEO's and those responsible for large organizations and big groups of people. (And if you're serving under any of these types of leaders, this devo is for you too - so keep reading!)
Have you ever felt like you were carrying such a heavy load that you just wanted God to kill you? Felt the enormous pressure of responsibility? Heard murmuring and got tired of people's whining? Saw your to-do list and didn't know how you could do it all? You're in good company – Moses was the leader of over 2 million people and he felt the same way!
Listen to some of the phrases Moses used in talking to God, "Why are You treating me like this? What did I do to deserve this? Did I create this? Why did You call me? How can I succeed? Where am I supposed to go? I can't do this. Do me a favor, go ahead and kill me!" Sounds like someone on the verge of burnout, doesn't it?
How did God respond to Moses? God gave Moses the very thing he needed: Carriers!
Moses didn't need more whiners or complainers. He didn't need more ideas on how to do things. He didn't need more experts. He didn't need more back-seat drivers. He didn't need more cheerleaders. He didn't need more directors, coordinators, staff or volunteers. Moses needed Carriers!
He needed people who would help carry the God-given vision and calling on his life – not the vision they had for their own lives. He needed people who would actually feel the weight and help relieve the burden. God gave Moses seventy Carriers. The Lord put something supernatural in the heart of seventy recognized leaders. God took the same spirit He had put on Moses’ life and placed it on the lives of seventy others. These seventy were leaders in their own right and yet they were selected by God to help Moses. They esteemed the calling God had put on Moses’ life and were compelled to set aside their agenda in order to own his God-given vision and help him carry the heavy burden.
Carriers have special God-given traits. They see and understand spiritual and delegated authority and they know their place, pace and function.
Carriers see big picture and they intuitively catch the vision the Moses-figure sees; everything they do is to that end. They proactively recognize and look for ways to release the talents, gifts and anointing in those around them. They actively execute strategies and employ financial and human resources to make things happen.
Carriers see the little things that are often only seen by the Moses-figure. They notice chipped paint, dents in the wall and grass growing in the gutters. They see the stain on the carpet, a burnt out light or a dark hallway. They notice audio issues, media snafus, atmosphere aesthetics, a messy room, a weird smell, burnt coffee, a typo, the wrong font, safety hazards, tired volunteers, disappointed customers, divisive employees or a discouraged co-worker.
The best thing about a Carrier is this: not only do they see all of these big and little things, they take the initiative to do something about them so that the Moses-figure doesn't have to do it all. Carriers are not just running through the management paces to kill time – they carry the burden of getting things fixed, nipping negative things in the bud, making things work and bringing the excellence quotient up. If they don't know how to do it – they'll Google it, call a competent pro or find a way to get things to the finish line. Just like Moses, they own the vision and they know they must figure things out and keep the troops moving.
Carriers were a gift from God to Moses. God selected, anointed, filled and enabled them to help Moses so he wouldn't have to carry the burden alone.
Carriers today are a gift from God to any leader. Has God selected, anointed, filled and enabled you to be a Carrier for the leader or leaders He has called you to serve?
I think it would be safe to say that some of the greatest assets in any church, organization or business are the Carriers. In our observation and personal experience, we are confident that the heart cry of many leaders these days is simply this: “God, send me Carriers!”
Do you know a Moses-type leader who's feeling the pressure of a very heavy burden and on the verge of asking God to just kill him or her? (You might be surprised to know how many Moses-types feel just like this!) Has God called you to be a Carrier? Today, why not pray about it. Talk to the Moses-figure in your life and let them know of your heart's desire to be a Carrier.
Say It: "Father, this topic stirs my heart. Today, I present myself before You. If You need me to be a Carrier for a Moses-figure in my life – here I am, use me. I ask You to help me, show me, select me, anoint me, confirm me and make me a blessing. I don't want to be a whiner; I want to be a Carrier. In Jesus' Name. Amen."