5 Minute Read + Scripture readings
Today’s Bible Reading:
Today’s Bible Verse(s):
“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.”
Exodus 18:18 (CSB)
Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):
Most of us fear people much more than we fear God. What others think about us can be paralyzing. That’s why, among a multitude of other reasons, we must be much more concerned with God’s assessment of us than we care about people’s assessment of us.
One of the ways that an others-oriented mindset reveals itself is in our fear that people will think we are incompetent. We fear that others will not think we are up to a task. We want them to think highly of us.
- So, we say “yes” to many more tasks than we are capable of handling.
- We say “yes” to tasks that are outside our sphere of “expertise.”
- When we realize we are overloaded, we refuse to ask for help (although we may complain a lot).
When we listen to Moses’ father-in-law’s advice, we hear wisdom. His words brought clarity to madness. He saw what Moses couldn’t see and exposed the truth.
Moses’ current pattern was wearing him out and causing frustration among the people he was called to lead. It was a lose/lose scenario. So, Jethro essentially said: “Moses, delegate!”
Exodus 18:21–22 (CSB): “But you should select from all the people able men, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating dishonest profit. Place them over the people as commanders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. They should judge the people at all times. Then they can bring you every major case but judge every minor case themselves. In this way you will lighten your load, and they will bear it with you.”
Essentially, Jethro told Moses: “It’s really not about you, Moses. It’s not about how you want the people to think about you. It’s about how your leadership can best serve the people under your authority while keeping you from wearing out. So, Moses, realize that there are many other people who are capable of doing exactly what you’re doing. Let them serve. If you do, it’s a win/win. You won’t wear out so quickly and the people’s needs will be met much more efficiently.”
This counsel may be exactly what you need to hear, friend. Jesus is capable of doing a million things at once and doing all of them perfectly well. You, on the other hand, can only handle one or two things at a time. So, delegate. Look around to see who can competently share the load with you.
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Lord Jesus, there are times when I pridefully think that I am the only one capable of doing certain things well. Having that mindset, I take on far more responsibilities than I should. As a result, it ends up being a lose/lose scenario. Help me to take Your words, through Jethro’s mouth, to heart and delegate. Amen.