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The Burden of the People

Numbers 10,11; Psalm 27; Mark 1

“I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me…I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit that is on you and put the Spirit on them. They will help you carry the burden of the people so that you will not have to carry it alone…I wish that all of the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”

Numbers 11:14, 17, 29

The burden of leading, discipling, and counseling people, was too much for Moses, and it is too much for us. God anointed seventy elders with the Holy Spirit so that they, too, could first meet with God and commune with him, and then serve others. When Jesus was anointed by the Spirit in the Jordan, he carried the burden of ministering to countries that were broken and bound, and with complaining people as well; however, he knew that with his atonement the Father would send the gift of the Holy Spirit and many more than seventy elders would be filled. The burden of leadership cannot be carried by better skills, more seminars, or better strategies. We desperately need the power of the Holy Spirit to carry the responsibilities of ministry today. With Moses, “I wish that all of the Lord’s people were prophets” and would regularly hear from the Lord and commune with him. Because of Jesus sending the Holy Spirit, this is now possible.

Are we appropriating this incredible gift?

“Father God, thank you for sending your Spirit and for carrying the burden of leadership for me.”