RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Thursday 21 March 2013
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." 2Timothy 2:2
Read: Numbers 11:10-17
Bible in one year: Haggai 1-2
Key point: The overbearing attitude of some leaders has robbed them of their helpers and fast-tracked their untimely exit from earth
As you advance ¡n age, there ¡s need to adopt more effective ways of serving the Lord. There ¡s need to move from hitting the rock to speaking to the rock, There is need to shift from human wisdom to divine wisdom. You will need to move from doing things in your strength to doing things in His unlimited strength. Furthermore, according to Exodus 1 7:8-1 3, you should learn to apply the principle of division of labour to be more effective. It ¡s not possible to do everything by yourself. Even if ¡t were possible, results will come to you at great expense. Let everyone play their God-given role, you just create an atmosphere conducive for them to work. Delegate more responsibilities without abdicating your supervisory role.
When you delegate, release the commensurate authority for the fellow to perform. In Numbers 1 1 :1 0-1 7, the Lord asked Moses to enlist 70 elders to help him with his assignment. Before then, Moses carried all the anointing alone. Some leaders fail to delegate responsibilities to younger ministers and pastors because of fear of the unknown. They are afraid that such ministers may fail. It is possible they fail, but if past leaders never trusted you to a point of giving you the opportunities you had, where would you be today? A true leader will create opportunities for those under him to grow. What opportunities are you giving to those under you? It is your responsibility to train those who will take over from you. Your degree of success in ministry or otherwise will depend on how many seemingly unusable or untrained brethren the Lord used you to turn around into reliable, dedicated workers and ministers. Besides, as you grow older, you must increasingly work on your intimacy with God. Zechariah 4:6 says it ¡s not by your ability but by His ability. When divine goals are set, you need divine strength, wisdom and grace to accomplish them. As you grow older, you should reappraise your focus. You should be thinking more about Heaven and hold Colossians 3:1 -2 dear to your heart. You should be working towards your Heavenly crowns and loading your heavenly hank accounts. Some people are still so committed to pursuing money even at old age that you would wonder ¡f they have anything at stake ¡n Heaven. In what direction is your labour, heart and focus
tilted to – to the earth or Heaven?