Unstoppable! 'The Power and Importance of Delegation' — Acts 6:3

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

[The Twelve said,] "And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility [for equitable distribution of food]."
— Acts 6:3 NLT

Key Thought

True spiritual leadership isn't about exercising control but about delegating tasks and developing future leaders. So, spiritual delegation is asking others to do specific tasks, but not telling them how to do those tasks. As the apostles remind us in this passage, spiritual delegation involves choosing emerging new leaders who are:
  • Respected.
  • Full of the Holy Spirit.
  • Full of wisdom.
Then, these new leaders need to be empowered with authority and given the responsibility to get their work done, as the Spirit guides them. True spiritual leadership is not about control, but about accomplishing God's work and equipping others to serve!

Today's Prayer

O Father, please raise up new leaders from among us. Keep our leaders' eyes on younger and emerging potential leaders. Please help us find leaders who are not controlling, but empowering and trusting as they delegate responsibility and authority to people who are respected, spiritual, and wise. Give your people the wisdom to see true leadership and call for true spiritual leadership among us, today. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 22:24-27
  • 1 Peter 4:10-11

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Illustration of Acts 6:3 NLT — [The Twelve said,] "And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility [for equitable distribution of food]."

About This Devotional

Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.

Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.

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