"Thou shall definitely wear away, both thou and this people with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not capable of performing it alone" (Exodus 18:18, KIV).
In economics, the term "division of labor" is a well-known one. According to Wikipedia, division of labor is the assignment of different parts of a process or task to different people in order to improve efficiency. It is the separation of tasks in any system so that participants can specialize.
Moses' father-in-law, Jethro, had heard about God's wonders in delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. He came to see Moses with his wife, Zipporah, and sons. He was overjoyed to see his son-in-law prospering in God's kingdom. During this time, he witnessed a large number of Israelites who were having troubles, who gathered around Moses for judgment and to offer answers to their numerous conflicts. These individuals were present from dawn till dusk. As a leader, you might agree with me that some problems are impossible to fix in a single day. It is, in reality, a gradual process.
Moses should split the people into groups and use division of labor in his administration, according to Jethro. He advised Moses that the labor was too much for him and that he would be unable to do it on his own. Instead, he would crumble one day. Lethro also advised Moses to appoint capable men as officials over the brethren from among the people who fear God and are trustworthy. Moses heeded the counsel and put it to good use. Finally, he provided a fair and just service to the people. If you, as a leader, occasionally apply this principle to how you lead people in your local Church or organization, it will go a long way toward increasing God's mission. Give some folks a sense of belonging, and let others show what they're made of, making your job easier.
CONTROLLING THOUGHT: If you learn a lesson from Moses as a leader today, you will be successful as well.
PRAYER: My God, may I do a good job for Your people and not perish before my time. Amen.
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