September 19, 2014
READ: Luke 10:1-9
...and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.
Overextending yourself means you take up things that God has not sent you to do. This creates stress and crises. God does not expect us to do everything. We are not as essential as we may think.
If we were that important, no young pastor would ever die! If we were that important in the scheme of things, James, the brother of John, would not have died in the middle of his ministry. Do your part and leave the rest to God. Have you never read where God says you must rest? Please read Hebrews 4:9-11.
Delegate whenever you can. Jesus ministered for three years and delegated the rest of the work to His disciples. He had no delusions about what He could accomplish on His own. He did not even attempt to go beyond the borders of Israel to minister. He delegated that aspect of His ministry to His disciples.
Did you notice that Jesus did not attempt to go to the uttermost parts of the earth? He delegated the work of going to the uttermost parts of the earth to the disciples. He did not try to prove to anyone that He could go to the uttermost parts of the earth Himself.
His role was to minister to the Jews and to die on the cross. "But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew 15:24). He intended to stick to His assignment. He delegated the rest to us.