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Delegating Responsibilities

Acts 6:1-4 (NLT) But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.”

We are all called to serve God in different ways. These verses gave me so much freedom! If I am called to teach and preach, I don't have to take on the weight of trying to run 5 other ministries by myself. There are people around us that have giftings to minister to others in different ways. Such as a feeding program, helping others through outreaches, vacation bible school, missions, prison ministry and so on. Now being called to do 1 thing does not mean you cannot participate in another. The preacher is not exempt from serving the poor a meal just as those on an intercessory prayer team are not exempt from serving in kids church and so forth. We should all work together serving where we can and helping out when there is a need, but we are all called to something specific so we don't have to be pulled in 10 different directions all while still trying to fulfill our divine purpose. To operate in excellence it is best when assignments are delegated to those you trust to complete the mission.

Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT) Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

As we serve people, we are doing it for the glory of God, not for man to put us on a pedestal. For when your reward comes from man, that's all the reward you will receive for that deed. If a lot of what you do is seen by man, don't forget to also do things that are not seen by man so your Heavenly Father can reward what you do in secret. Rewards on earth are great, but Heavenly rewards are better. So don't get carried away "showing off" all the good deeds you've done, allow God to get the glory!

Matthew 6:3-4 (TPT) But when you demonstrate generosity, do it with pure motives and without drawing attention to yourself. Give secretly and your Father, who sees all you do, will reward you openly.

Romans 12:9-12 (NLT) Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

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