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Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 3 November 2022 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Effective Delegation: A Leadership Secret (III)
TOPIC — Effective Delegation: A Leadership Secret (III) (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Devotional 3 November 2022)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezekiel 1, Ezekiel 2, Ezekiel 3, Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 5:1-10, Psalm 119:153-160
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Exodus 18:1-27 (KJV)
1 When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt;
2 Then Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her back,
3 And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land:
4 And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:
5 And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:
6 And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.
7 And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent.
8 And Moses told his father in law all that the Lord had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the Lord delivered them.
9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.
10 And Jethro said, Blessed be the Lord, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.
11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.
12 And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses’ father in law before God.
13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.
14 And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?
15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:
16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
17 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.
18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.
19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.
23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.
24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.
25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.
27 And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.
MEMORY VERSE: “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” – 1 Peter 4:10
Great leaders see the good in others and help them to harness their potential.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP:
Take praise and worship songs as led by the Holy Spirit
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:
THE LORD WILL MAKE YOU A CHANNEL OF BLESSING AND INSTRUMENT OF RAISING GREAT LEADERS, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
MFM Devotional For Today 2022 MESSAGE:
Today, we shall look at the other areas of the principle of delegation that Jethro counselled Moses to use. The first is to understand that working non-stop is unsustainable and counter-productive. The second is to understand your unique calling and prioritise it.
Third, you should select leaders to assist you. One of the hallmarks of outstanding leaders is that they delegate to and raise other leaders. On this piece of advice, Jethro got practical with Moses. He said, “Thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness…” (Exodus 18:21a). I want you to note that the focus is on character. Your people can gain knowledge and experience; they can learn skills and develop their gifts, but you must start with a foundation of godly character. When you have this, it is much easier to delegate.
The fourth principle is to give responsibility and authority to the leaders that pass your character, skills and other qualification tests. Again, Jethro was practical. He established a simple organisational hierarchy with different levels of responsibility. He provided an outline: “…and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of tens… and let them judge the people at all seasons (Exodus 18:21b-22a). The important lesson here is that a leader is to delegate when his responsibilities are greater than his capacities. Also, giving responsibility and authority to trusted and competent members of your team will not threaten your own position or reduce your influence. Be prepared that the people you give responsibility and authority will make mistakes. Get over it; do not give up on your own responsibility of developing them.
The fifth principle is that you should do only those things which others cannot do. Jethro said to Moses, “… and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee” (Exodus 18:22b).
Dear leader, where can you uniquely add value? This needs to be your focus. You need to let everything else go. Jethro pointed out two benefits attached to following his pieces of advice: Moses will endure (this strategy is sustainable), and the people will be at peace (there will be fewer conflicts).
- Father, give me godly character to be an outstanding leader, in the name of Jesus.
- I reject all negative characters, in the name of Jesus.
- I pray the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the character of Christ into my life, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, let Your fear rule my heart and reign in my life, in the name of Jesus.
- O God, make me a man of truth, in the name of Jesus.
- My Father, enable me to bear burden with my leader, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, make me a leader that develops others, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
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