We’ve previously noted that delegation shows love for God by valuing what He views important. He values relationships, community, doing life together. He designed the Church to function that way — Body Life. Hence, we have a theological basis for delegating which leads to practical outcomes.
Theological Basis for Delegating
When we give others opportunity to participate by delegating, we promote the following aspects of God’s design for the Church:
1) interdependence among the Body
Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. … If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” (1 Cor. 12:14-21)
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Rom. 12:4-5)
While some people may have more than one spiritual gift, no one person has all of them. God never intended for one person to do it all. He so designed the Body and distributed the gifts so we each have a part. When we fail to delegate, we rob people of the opportunity to do their part.
If you’re overworked and doing something someone else could do, it’s a sign you aren’t following God’s design for interdependence. Stop relying on yourself. Trust God to work through the gifting of other members of the Body.
2) value of members of the Body
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable … should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. (1 Cor. 12:21-25)
Failing to seek the help of others may communicate distrust or disregard for what they can do. Feeling devalued, like their contribution doesn’t matter, could lead to apathy or lethargy. Then, when you finally do try to delegate, you may meet with excuses or resistance.
If you’re finding it hard to get people’s help, try to identify the root cause. Have people along the way gotten the impression that their contribution doesn’t matter? Build a culture that not only communicates the value God puts on people to do their part, but also demonstrates that every member is needed and valued. It begins with you trusting people to do their part.
3) working for the greater good
There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (1 Cor. 12:6-7)
to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. … From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.(Eph. 4:12-16)
The basis for delegating goes beyond freeing you up to do higher priority tasks. It’s also about following God’s design for the Church to function interdependently. It’s about valuing the contribution others can make, providing them with opportunities to grow and develop the gifts given to them. It’s about the potential effect on the health and growth of the whole Body as each part does its work — the greater good.