Stewards4Christ

February 3, 2006

Are you willing to delegate?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 5:23 pm

All of us, at one time or another, are in situations where we have to let others help with the responsibilities and the tasks that seem to be our responsibility.  Failure to “let go” of things and trust others will lead to failure on our part as a leader.  We will suffer from burn-out and a failure to complete tasks and projects.

Today in my daily Bible reading, I read a very interesting account, recorded for us in Exodus 18:13-26; I believe there are some very applicable management / leadership principles that we can learn from this Biblical account.

Exodus 18:13-26 HCSB  The next day Moses sat down to judge the people, and they stood around Moses from morning until evening.  (14)  When Moses’ father-in-law saw everything he was doing for them he asked, “What is this thing you’re doing for the people? Why are you alone sitting as judge, while all the people stand around you from morning until evening?”  (15)  Moses replied to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God.  (16)  Whenever they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I make a decision between one man and another. I teach them God’s statutes and laws.”  (17)  “What you’re doing is not good,” Moses’ father-in-law said to him.  (18)  “You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can’t do it alone.  (19)  Now listen to me; I will give you some advice, and God be with you. You be the one to represent the people before God and bring their cases to Him.  (20)  Instruct them about the statutes and laws, and teach them the way to live and what they must do.  (21)  But you should select from all the people able men, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating bribes. Place them over the people as officials of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.  (22)  They should judge the people at all times. Then they can bring you every important case but judge every minor case themselves. In this way you will lighten your load, and they will bear it with you.  (23)  If you do this, and God so directs you, you will be able to endure, and also all these people will be able to go home satisfied.”  (24)  Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.  (25)  So Moses chose able men from all Israel and made them leaders over the people as officials of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.  (26)  They judged the people at all times; the hard cases they would bring to Moses, but every minor case they would judge themselves.

Do you know people who seem like they can never let go and trust others (delegate) with responsibilities?  I’m sure we’ve all worked with individuals who struggle in this area.  

If you think you might be a person who has this struggle, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do I feel like I’m the only one who can complete this task adequately?
  2. Do I know individuals who are able men or women who can help me?
  3. Have I asked those individuals for help?
  4. If you’ve asked for help and selected able people, are you really letting go of some of the tasks?


God has a plan for every person He has created.  We all have a wide-variety of skills and abilities.  Part of fulfilling God’s plan for each of us is to find able men and women who can help us accomplish the calling that we feel God has given to us.  If you struggle in this area, ask the Lord to help you.

I don’t believe the Lord is pleased when His people try to be “lone-rangers” and do everything on their own.  God desires that we use others and that we have a role in helping to develop the skills and abilities that His other children also possess.

Personally, I’ve worked with different individuals who seem to have a real struggle in this area.  I can say from personal experience, it is very frustrating.  God has given me talents, skills, and ideas…it is very frustrating to not have an opportunity to use what God has given me for the advancement of His Kingdom.

I challenge you today, follow the example given to us by Moses and recorded in God’s Holy Bible.  “So Moses chose able men from all Israel and made them leaders over the people as officials of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.  (26)  They judged the people at all times; the hard cases they would bring to Moses, but every minor case they would judge themselves.”

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