Delgating work

There’s an interesting devotion by Lutheran Hour Ministries called “You can’t do it all“:

October 17, 2006

“Select capable men from all the people — men who fear God … and appoint them as officials.” Exodus 18:21

Moses had to learn what to do. He had to learn what not to do. It was harder to learn what to have others do. Learning to delegate is a hard lesson. Bookstores are filled with books offering help. A recent fad book portrayed such insights to be learned in one minute.

In one minute you can read Exodus 18:17-23. It is the word of Jethro to his son-in-law, Moses. Jethro outlined the art of delegation. He said that Moses should get others to help so the objectives would be met. When studying administration at the University of Nebraska, I was surprised to see this Bible story in secular textbooks. Dwight L. Moody, an evangelist of a bygone day said: “It is better to train ten people to work than to do the work of ten people.”

Jesus trained the Twelve. He also trained the 70, then 120 more. He knew that He was returning to heaven. Others would carry on the mission of proclaiming salvation. He enlisted and equipped people for ministry, then sent them out. The principle still applies. Jesus still gives pastors, teachers, and other workers “to prepare God’s people for works of service” (Ephesians 4:12).

PRAYER: Help us, Lord, to do Your work as best we can and to enlist others to help. Amen.

I need to learn to be better at asking people to help me with projects. I always want to do them myself.

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