‘…the number of the disciples multiplied greatly…’ Acts 6:7 NKJV
The New Testament church experienced phenomenal growth when its leaders recognised what they were not called to do, delegated it to others and got back to doing what only they could do. As a result, ‘…the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem…’ (Acts 6:7 NKJV) Keeping your mind on what’s important for you requires simplification, and simplification means trade-offs. It means saying no to certain things you’d like to do. If you don’t choose what trade-offs you make, someone else will. The ‘Pareto Principle’ teaches that 20 per cent of your effort produces 80 per cent of your success. So identify your 20 per cent, stay there, delegate the rest or let it go. To help you do this, answer these three questions: (1) What takes up most of your time and energy? Determine how your activities can be categorised according to the following list: (a) something I was taught or told I should do; (b) something I see other successful people doing; (c) something I know I should be doing. (2) Are you maximising your strengths? If you need help determining what your strengths are, seek advice from others who know you well, then ask yourself, ‘Am I doing them? Am I growing in my ability to do them? Am I enlisting others to do what I can’t or shouldn’t do?’ (3) Are you spread out too thinly? Are you determined to know everything that goes on in every area of your life? Is your philosophy, ‘If you want something done right, do it yourself?’ No, nobody has that much time and energy! Learn to let some stuff go, get back into focus and start concentrating on what’s important for you.
SoulFood: Jonah 1:10-2:10, Matt 12:38-42