Sermon Cast – God Wants Monsters, not Lone Rangers

Date: August 10, 2014
Preacher: Rev. Ryan T. Krauss

Scripture: Exodus 18:13-27
Description: Teamwork is a very curious virtue. In our own sports culture, teamwork is said to serve as a unifying element, though often despite athletes who still compete, train, and promote only themselves. For ministry and witness, becoming a ‘Lone Ranger’ is a tremendous liability; no single person has all of the spiritual gifts and talents to usher in the entire kingdom of God.

The story from Exodus is pointed. Moses is overwhelming himself with helping the people. His father-in-law Jethro comes up to him with the challenging statement: “What you are doing is not good!” Moses needs to share the burden–and the blessing–is caring for the Israelites. So it is also even in our most mundane tasks. Is there a skill you want to pass of to your kids? Share the burden and let them join in. Feeling overwhelmed by a ministry, project, or service? Take a gut-check to see whether you are driving others away or inviting them to join?