Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, together with Moses’ sons and wife, came to him in the wilderness, where he was camped near the mountain of God. 6 Jethro had sent word to him, ‘I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons.’
7 So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. 8 Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved them.
Moses added his own verbal testimony to what we might call the visual testimony of his sons (and their names). He didn’t talk about himself and his leadership achievements; he spoke about the Lord.
I remember David Pawson telling a story about hearing a ‘Salvation Army’ girl give her testimony in an open air service. He realised, as he reflected on it, that she never once used the word “I”, but simply spoke about ‘Jesus’ and what He had done for her. May we be so full of the Lord that our witness is just the overflow of that fullness, and He spills out everywhere.
I overheard two men in conversation in a Spanish hotel some years ago. One of them, an American, was telling the other how he had ‘seen God.’ Even though I only caught a fragment, I sensed the overflow of a full heart – not just words. ‘Rivers of living water’ were flowing
By the way, I note in verse 7 Moses’ courtesy towards Jethro. Whoever we are witnessing to, be it members of our families, friends, neighbours, work colleagues or complete outsiders, let us treat them with utter respect, as those made in God’s image. We owe this to them, whether or not they believe.
But, thank God, Jethro did!
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