Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah” (Ex. 35:30)

Maybe Kara (name changed) did not seem like a likely candidate for the role, being only fourteen. However, we knew Kara loved God with all her heart, and that she seemed to have a spiritual and natural talent for teaching. So prayerfully, desiring to see increasingly more Albanians leading their own church, we decided Kara would be a good choice to teach a girls’ Bible study—with an adult present—even though she was young. We have never regretted our decision. Kara has an unwavering passion for Jesus, coupled with the ability to convey truths clearly. To allow her to lead the study and then later classes, we had to give up ministry we had been doing to let this young girl have a chance, relegating ourselves to assisting her along the way.

Moses knew he could not perform every single ministry task for Israel and recognized when someone presumably younger than him was fit for service. He looked for people the Lord had chosen. He did not let just anyone, based on any other criteria, be allowed to minister, but only those that the Lord revealed were able to do the work and do it well.

We, too, should listen and obey God’s direction, whether we ourselves are being chosen for a new ministry or he wants us to encourage others to start a ministry.

Prayerfully minister in a new way or encourage another in doing so.

Caryl Aukerman—wife, missionary, and mother of three—has served with Global Partners in the country of Albania for over twelve years.

© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.