The Way of a Champion

“…He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness…” (Matthew 10:1)

True or False: If you can do something, you should.

Answer: Not necessarily.

Just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best in what you do. Or the most efficient. Or the most creative. Or the most effective. Sometimes, letting others do the task is more beneficial. It’s called delegation.

Now there are things you don’t delegate. Things which only you can do. Like being a father to your children. Or being a husband to your wife (or vice versa). Or being a child to your parents. These are roles which are exclusively yours.

But there are tasks which are better delegated, not so much for effectivity or efficiency, but for durability. Take the case of the recently crowned NBA champion, the LA Lakers.

For so many years, Kobe Bryant, despite his obvious basketball wizardry, without Shaq O’Neal, couldn’t win a championship. Not until this year. Kobe Bryant displayed what many other champions displayed in the history of the NBA: he trusted his teammates more.  Now Bryant is one the greatest players to ever play the game. Perhaps he can win all the regular season games by himself. But without his teammates, he cannot win the championship. Again, individual power can bring effectivity in the short run, but the power to empower brings durability in the long term.

Delegation is an act of trust. It is telling another person, “I believe in you enough to entrust to you this important task”. It is a powerful tool to empower others to step up. It inspires self-confidence. It summons untapped potential. It brings out the best in others. A team run not by one powerful person but rather by several empowered individuals will be more stable in the long run. Jesus knew this. And He used this power to empower when he commissioned the twelve apostles to do what he was already doing.

“…He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness…” (Matthew 10:1)

It wasn’t like Jesus didn’t have the ability to do all those things. In fact, Jesus can convert the whole world by himself if he chose to. With one word, he can remove “free will” from human beings, make us robots, and force us to do mission work or simply be converted to the gospel. But no. Jesus loved us so much to rob us of this gift called freedom. And he loves us enough to reduce us to mere mindless and heartless creatures.

And so he chose to empower the twelve. That was when His ministry really began to grow. And what is true in ministry can be true in other fields of endeavor. Work. Sports. Family.

Look at your life today. Are you using your power to empower? In your office. In school. In your community or church. Or even in your own families.

Delegation is a gift from God. Use it well and help others become the best that they can be. This is the way of Jesus. This is the way of a champion. 

Using the power to empower,

Bobby Q.

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