5. Delegate tasks to capable others - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 - Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
I have to admit that time has mellowed me a bit. I used to think I had to do everything because no one else could do it or would do it the way I wanted it done. That’s just stupid. It also robs me of an opportunity to disciple someone to take my place in the future. When I get help with various things it frees me up to do other things that God has called me to do.
My wife reminds me that I still struggle with this problem. Either I don’t ask for help or I get frustrated when no one volunteers. It is adds to my stress when I try to do it all myself. She also reminds me that I am robbing someone of an opportunity to be blessed when I don’t ask for help.
The truth of the matter is that you have to work together. When the kids were young we used to have chore charts for them so they could learn responsibility and help the family out. Recently we have started doing this again because it helps the family to work as a team.
Delegating responsibility not only takes the load off of you and reduces stress but it also helps build up interpersonal relations. In a world of tv, computers, smartphones, and social media building proper working relationships can be hard. In the past few weeks I have washed, dried, and put away a lot of dishes on my own. But last night I really enjoyed talking with my wife as she washed and I dried and put away.
The joy of serving in the church is also multiplied when others are working together. A church is not a building but a group of believers who have the common cord of Jesus binding them together. The work is shared so that we can make disciples, baptize new converts, teach them the ways of faith, and work along side them so they can learn to do the things that we are doing. Jesus commissioned us to do this in Matthew 28:18-20 and all apostles shared this concept of discipleship all through the New Testament.
The problem is that no one is going to jump in and do things on their own. You will have to humble yourself and ask for help. You won’t get anywhere fussing, complaining, or trying to guilt someone into helping you. You must humbly let your request be known.
May God bless you today as you team tackle the things that need done in your life. Don’t be afraid to ask for some help. It is beneficial to you and the one who you ask.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Holy God; You saw Adam was alone and made for him a help-mate. You saw the job of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and you gathered a church to work together. I ask that you help me to delegate some of the responsibilities that I have so that we can accomplish great things together in your name. I pray this by the authority of Jesus Christ, AMEN!