MFM Daily Devotional November 1 2022
THEME: A Leadership Secret (I)
SCRIPTURE: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” – 2 Timothy 2:2
One of the factors that enhance leadership effectiveness is delegation. There is an old adage that says, “If you want something done right, you must do it yourself.” Although this may sound true in some cases, outstanding leaders get work done through others. Delegation is the act of empowering others to accomplish a task. Whether you are a leader in your home, at work (career or business), in church or some other spheres of influence, you need to acquire and use the skill of delegation. You will record greater success, to the glory of God.
Delegation has its root in Scripture and it is useful in helping to raise leaders, build morale and give others in the team a sense of responsibility and belonging. In Genesis 1:28-30; 2:15-20, God delegated authority to Adam and Eve. He gave them the responsibility to work and take care of the land. He gave them the authority to rule and to subdue. He also held them accountable for their actions.
Great leaders in the Bible like Moses, David, Nehemiah, Jesus Christ and the apostles used this principle of delegation to achieve huge success in their divine assignments. Our Fire Scripture for today reveals the application of the principle of delegation during Moses’ time as Israel’s leader. After Moses had led the children of Israel out of Egypt and they were in the wilderness, journeying to the Promised Land, he found himself labouring from early morning until late at night, attempting to solve the numerous conflicts that arose among the people (Exodus 18:13-16). Moses had unintentionally become a workaholic.
When Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, a priest of Midian, saw Moses’ workload and stress, as he attended to different cases from day break to sunset daily, he knew that his style was wrong and unsustainable. He called Moses aside and gave him some invaluable counsel about the principle of delegation. The five principles that Jethro introduced to Moses are as relevant today as they were then.
Beloved, the job of a leader is to ensure that all the work gets done – not to do it all by himself or herself. Learn from Moses’ mistake and turn a new leaf today!
- Father, give me wisdom to be an effective leader, in the name of Jesus.
- My Father, give me the grace to delegate effectively, in the name of Jesus.
- O God, arise and make me a great team builder, in the name of Jesus.
- I reject every wrong, counter-productive and unsustainable leadership strategy, in the name of Jesus.
- I shall not misuse any authority delegated to me, in the name of Jesus.
- My Father, make me an excellent worker and achiever, in the name of Jesus.
- I shall receive “well done good and faithful servant” from the Lord, in the name of Jesus.