Sustaining Change Requires Fellowship

Exodus 17:12 — “But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”

There’s this quote by Thomas Fuller which I’ve always chosen to let drive my life over the years — “all the gears in a machine are put in motion by one.” I’ve always loved it because it reminds me that God can use one person to change hearts, and patterns of thinking. One person really can make a difference in God’s economy. But, over this past year He has expanded that idea in my mind to something more.

All the gears in a machine are put in motion by one, but the machine is sustained by the multitude of gears.

Throughout history God has called individual men to be the start of huge movements throughout history — but, he’s never called them to sustain those movements by themselves. Moses didn’t bring the Israelites through the wilderness alone, Paul didn’t make it through His missionary journey without the kindness of local churches, and I’m not meant to walk through life without the support of the body of Christ either.

The one man who could have done it all Himself — Jesus — chose to use ordinary men and delegate the gospel to the 12 disciples. He could have spoken one word and His glory would have been known throughout the earth. He was God in the flesh. Yet He called 12 men to carry His name, which then became 72, which then became us. God never designed us to carry the weight of Christian life on our own, but to share the burden with Him, and those who He has put in our life.

So often we, and I am putting my name at the first on this list, get a charge from the Lord and try to walk it out on our own. But we forget that, through God uses one person to start a movement, He never calls one person to sustain it. His glory is shown through His many believers striving together for personal growth and worldwide change. Not one person carrying the weight of everyone else.

May we become people who grow more into Christ’s image by becoming the reflection of His body together. Lord, help me to put aside pride so that may I come alongside your people and lift up their arms. Teach me to let other people lift my arms up when needed. Let us be more of a body — working in perfect unity.

Psalm 17:15 — “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”


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