Delegation; July 16, 2020


Matthew 9:37-38 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Jesus was very aware of delegation. The verse ahead of this says that He saw the crowds and had compassion on them, but He knew that in His physical human form He couldn’t minister to each of them individually. He told His disciples to pray for more workers, and then immediately after this He commissioned those same disciples to go out and be the kind of workers He told them to pray for. We sometimes forget that when we pray for something, we need to be willing to be part of the answer to that prayer! The thing is, when Jesus Himself delegated, we have to be willing to do so as well. The task is certainly far bigger than one person, or even a few people, could begin to handle. At the same time we need to realize that we aren’t to delegate to others what we aren’t willing to do ourselves. Many Christians “delegate” evangelism to the pastor or other “professionals.” That will never cut it. Likewise, many pastors have the tendency to feel, even if they don’t say, that only they can do it right. Both sides of that are actively getting in the way of the spread of the kingdom of God, because they are a failure to submit to His Lordship.

I have always tended to have problems with delegation, mostly because I like the way I do things myself and other people might not do them that way. What stupid conceit! Jesus entrusted His Church to 11 men who were largely uneducated and had already displayed assorted weaknesses. The thing is, Jesus knew that the Holy Spirit would be poured out on them, and that was enough. I’ve got to pray for the same thing, and not sweat the small stuff. God has gifted me in many ways, but that very fact has gotten in the way of effective ministry, because I’ve tried to do everything myself. I need to pray for workers and then trust that He has sent and is sending them. My job is to equip them, (Ephesians 4:12) but not to control them. That is a hard step sometimes! As I get older I am increasingly aware that I won’t be around forever, but that is almost beside the point. Everyone in this church needs to be growing as an effective servant of God, a disciple of Jesus Christ who has no reason to be ashamed. (2 Timothy 2:15) As I tell people all the time for them to do, I’ve got to get my focus off of myself and onto Christ and His kingdom, His righteousness. I need to pay attention to my own sermons!

Father, thank You for yesterday and all it held. Thank You that the first time of the monthly interdenominational prayer group meeting here went so well. Thank You for Your anointing as I spoke. Thank You for the other things I could get done. I ended the day depressed, and I feel the enemy doesn’t like the things You’re doing here. Help me recognize attacks when they come so as to stand against them, trusting and submitting to You fully, so the enemy won’t find any gaps in my armor, but be forced to flee, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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