The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
Aaron and Hur didn’t have the most glamorous job here. Holding up Moses’ arms? Aaron does some pretty cool stuff in scripture, but propping up his little brother's arms when they got tired was probably not on his list of proudest moments. There’s not a whole lot of glory in something like that.
That would be a worldly perception missing the point. We’re sometimes tempted to gauge how much glory we can gain in a certain endeavor when God just wants us to step out of the limelight and support and encourage someone else that He is choosing to work through.
It’s not our glory that is the end goal here- it’s Gods! We can’t all be Moses all the time. We are compared to a body on more than one occasion in scripture referencing our varied spiritual gifts. Not only does this metaphor explain our obvious, but still important, differences, but it also teaches us how we need one another in our differences, and should work together rather than independently.
I’ve struggled myself wishing I had some great talent that I could use to glorify God. I’ve compared myself to others wishing I had their ability to sing, speak, write, create, present, do... whatever it is. I want to be a story people tell, wowing and motivating them to live more like I do. I’ve seen God working through others and grown discouraged that I wasn’t doing something so significant. I’ve looked at the Moseses in my life and envied their gravity rather than thinking to hold up their arms to support them.
There are a lot of amazing Christians using their unique talents and gifts to glorify God, and if we can relish the role of faithful Aaron once in a while rather than resent it, we can get a lot more accomplished as the body that we are.
Let me give you a few examples of some Moseses I’ve met. Click images to learn more.
Here are a couple of extremely talented musicians doing a great job of using their gifts to glorify God:
There are a great deal of artists and photographers who are excelling at capturing the beauty of God’s creation and using that talent to glorify Him:
Then there are more unique talents really innovating their way to God’s glory:
*The Kings of Israel game is a bible based cooperative game currently being funded on Kickstarter. If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, you can essentially pre-pay for the game to help fund its production. It’s a great (and really fun!) way to learn (or teach!) old testament history! Click HERE to participate in the Kickstarter.
"Kings of Israel is a board game taking place in Israel (the Northern Kingdom) during the reign of its kings up until Israel's destruction by Assyria. Players are on a team and each person represents a line of prophets that are trying to remove evil and idols from Israel, while building altars to help guide Israel in the upcoming difficult years. If the players are able to build enough altars before the game ends, they win. If the group runs out of sin cubes or idols, or if the timeline token reaches Assyria destroying Israel, the prophets lose."
Click here to see more of an overview of the game! How creative!
There’s no shame in being faithful Aaron! In fact, there is glory- God’s glory! Don’t be discouraged if you feel like you’re not doing big enough things for God. He loves you and put you where you are for a reason. Sometimes being a faithful Aaron is the best way to glorify Him!
Who do you know that is excelling at using their gifts to God’s glory?
Be a faithful Aaron and support and encourage the Moseses in your life!