“And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.”
The ministry of Jesus Christ was all about reaching people with the Gospel and building them to become better people. Of course, anyone who gets saved will immediately become a better person because they become a “new creature” in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 teaches this when it says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Leading people to Christ is one of the greatest ways you can begin to help build the lives of people.
However, Jesus understood there was another principle that must be done in order to build lives. Jesus had taught a throng of people all day, and the night was about to come. These people had not eaten all day, and the disciples tried to compel Jesus to send them away so they could get something to eat. Instead, Jesus asked his disciples how many loaves of bread they could find, and they found five loaves and two fishes. It was at this point when Jesus broke the bread, and gave it to His disciples to give to the people. When all was done, the breaking of bread and giving to the disciples to give to the people resulted in twelve baskets full of fragments remaining.
This story teaches the importance of leaders learning to delegate responsibility in order to build those whom they lead. Jesus certainly could have given the bread himself, but to grow the disciples, he gave them the bread and it resulted in their growth, and the growth of the work. Let me give you some thoughts about the importance of delegating.
First, people can’t grow without giving of themselves. Leaders often rob people of the opportunity to grow because they micro-manage their followers. You are going to have to learn to give followers a chance to grow by giving them a responsibility and letting them grow through it. You could certainly do the job that you are giving to others, but you will never build people like the LORD wants without giving them a chance to give of themselves. Every leader would be wise to look over their responsibilities and see what they could give to others. It is not that you are trying to get out of work, but it is about your desire to help others to grow.
Second, delegating duties helps to grow and build the faith of those to whom you gave the duty. The faith of the disciples grew because they saw what Jesus was able to do with the little that they had. A leader is robbing their followers of a chance to grow their faith when they don’t let the follower learn to trust God with the pressure of a task. When a leader chooses to do everything themselves, they are creating a mindset for followers to trust them for everything instead of God. The greatest way to build the lives of people is to build their faith in God. The only way you are going to build their faith is by allowing them to have a responsibility that puts pressure on them to trust God.
Third, delegating duties always has a way of growing the work you are doing. It is interesting that the disciples started out with five loaves and two fishes, but they ended up with twelve baskets full of fragments. My friend, you will find that you will reach more people to build by learning to delegate responsibilities to others. When you build lives through delegating, it allows you to reach more people to build. Let me encourage you to stop doing everything yourself, and start building others by giving them some of your duties.