July 12, 2020

Servant Leaders

Numbers 12

“Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?”

—  Numbers 12:2

As we saw yesterday in Numbers 11, even though Moses was a unique ­prophet of God, God’s Spirit was poured out on other leaders in Israel. This was apparently the context for Miriam and Aaron saying, “Hasn’t the Lord also spoken through us?” They may have longed for the gift of the Spirit so that they too could prophesy, but they also envied Moses’ unique relationship with God. God spoke face to face only with Moses. Miriam and Aaron wanted what Moses had. They grumbled against the Lord and faced the Lord’s anger.

Today is a day of gathered worship among God’s people. We will meet to praise God, listen, pray, give, and sing. Pastors will preach. Every Christian is called to be a prophet, priest, and king in the name of Jesus. Yet we recognize that some have been uniquely called to speak for God as preachers and leaders. God’s Spirit is poured out on all Christians, yet his Spirit rests in a unique way on the leaders who open God’s Word for us.

How can you support your pastors today? How can you personally encourage them? Make sure you pray for those who are called to preach. Give them a note of encouragement. Listen and apply what they have taught. Remember that they are God’s servants to you.

On this Lord’s Day, we thank you, Lord, for pastors and preachers who proclaim your Word. May we honor and support them in Jesus’ name. Amen.

About the author — Tom Groelsema

Tom Groelsema and his wife, Sheri, have served churches in Minnesota, Michigan, and North Carolina. They have four children and three granddaughters.

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