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“Delegating Responsibility”

Sometimes I struggle with this. There are several reasons. At times I am too picky. I would like something to be done a certain way.

Sometimes it is just easier to do something myself than wait for others to do it.

At other times, it seems people are reluctant to help, so instead of waiting for people to say yes or no, I just do it.

Many churches are pastor oriented. The pastor calls all the shots. Now while I confess it might be easier to do things, myself, I don’t like that model. It can cause the pastor to feel too powerful.

In the COB, we are Church oriented. In other words, the Church as a whole calls the shots and makes decisions.

Please read the following verses.

Acts 6:1-7

1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

The early Church discovered being Church oriented. They realized they could not do it all, they needed help and they called the church’s first deacons.

This is not a new idea. Moses’ father-in-law may not have invented the sharing of responsibility, but he was on top of it.

Ex 18:13-19:1

13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. 14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”

15 Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. 16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and laws.”

17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 20 Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform. 21 But select capable men from all the people — men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain — and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”

24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 26 They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.

27 Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country.

I tell you this because it took a long time for me to come to the point of sharing responsibility. Now, if someone says I can do that, I say great, go for it.

I am finally coming to understand and appreciate why the Lord gives His churches the array of gifts He does.

And I am happier and more content doing His work, His way.

Be Blest, Be a Blessing

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