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Exodus 18:20-21 Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform. But select capable men from all the people men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.

Commentary:

Even Moses could not handle the load (Exodus 18:13-19). Burn out can occur with a Christian or any other person who tries to do too much. In response to this overload, Moses took the advice of someone else who was qualified to comment. The advice gives us a guide in how to delegate:

  • teach them how you want it done. Don’t assume they will pick it up through experience;
  • show them how it is done. Walk your talk. Don’t delegate what you are unwilling to do yourself;
  • select capable people;
  • pick people who fear God. If you analyze this attribute of humanity, God-fearing people are always motivated and constrained by the knowledge that they are accountable to God; and
  • pick people who hate dishonesty. The word “hate” is critical here. Political people, agreeable people, dishonest people will follow their own agenda. One who hates dishonesty will tell you the truth even in spite of personal consequences. Delegation needs this honest feedback to work effectively.
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