What does an Assistant Do?

A few weeks ago I had the honor of sharing my story with our Junior High Summer Interns. One topic they asked me to cover was my role and responsibilities at the church. Midway through the message, the Lord directed me to share this bible story and illustration. I had all the students to stand up and hold out their arms, as I named some famous biblical assistants and the scriptures that described them: 

 Joshua assisted Moses

Deuteronomy 1:38- But your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage him, because he will lead Israel to inherit it.

Samuel assisted Eli

 1 Samuel 3:1- Meanwhile, the boy Samuel was serving the LORD by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the LORD were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon.

Elisha assisted Elijah

1 Kings 19:21- Elisha then returned to his oxen, killed them, and used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the other plowmen, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant.

Joseph assisted Potiphar, the Prison Guard, and Pharaoh

Genesis 39-42


Finally when the students' arms were getting tired ("don't let them drop!"), I asked for a volunteer to come on stage as I read Exodus 17:8-13:  

8While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. 9Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.”

10So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. 11As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. 12Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. 13As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.

I reenacted the story and when I got to verse 12 I made sure that the volunteer's arms were tired to the point of dropping. Then I stood behind her and put out a knee, which she sat on. I let her rest her arms in my hands. As the students noticed her relief from the help, I explained, "This is what assistants do. We stand beside our leaders and hold up their arms in the battle. We encourage them to stay in a strong position to both lead and rest. We do all we can to help lighten the burden, so that victory can be won on the field. " That is what you do. Every day as you email, text, schedule, respond, represent, ask, delegate, take notes, meet, and follow through on your to do list, remember that THIS is what you do. As a result, your leader is strengthened, the organization is built, and His  Kingdom is advanced. 

My prayer for you today: 

Lord, may we always know the value of what we have the privilege to do each day. But even more importantly, I pray that every day we would remember that our worth is not found in what we do, but rather in who we are in Christ