I recently read the account of Moses and his encounter with God in Exodus 4. There are so many commentaries, writings and sermons about a single interaction between this man born a slave, raised as a prince and living as a shepherd in a foreign land. Let’s face it. Moses was a walking dichotomy.
Though there are many things we can learn from this moment in time, there is one takeaway I believe is important for any SGL.
“What’s in your hand?”
After God tells Moses to go back to Egypt to free Israel, Moses has some objections.
God’s single response is, “What’s in your hand?”
“A shepherd’s staff.”
Moses held a practical tool that he’d learned to use for his current trade. It was nothing special. Just a staff.
But it didn’t need to be special. It just needed to be available.
With that staff, God performed multiple miracles. With that staff, God revealed His power and made His fame known. With that staff, God established His plan of deliverance and salvation.
There was nothing special about the staff. But something incredibly powerful about the One who used it.
You might be a relatively new Small Group Leader. One that has learned a few things but not enough to feel confident in your role. And when you look around, you might be tempted to feel like you’re not as good as the SGLs beside you.
These leaders seems to stroke effortlessly through each activity like Michael Phelps doing the butterfly.
And there you sit… with a few weeks of experience under your belt. Much of what you do each week feels more like a dog paddle than the butterfly. It’s hard to see just how much of an impact you are making.
What you may not realize is that you do not stand empty-handed.
You stand with a shepherd’s staff in your hand. A rudimentary, unrefined yet functional tool that God can use to make a great impression. As long as you make it available. That tool can be used to reveal something powerful to your few.
You don’t have to be the most gifted, ‘kid magnet’ to be a great SGL. You just have to be willing to allow God to use what’s in your hand.
What skills do you lean on most as you lead your few? What seems to come natural? How do you see God using what you have to add value to your few?