And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” —Acts 6:2–4 (ESV)
In the early days of the church, the twelve apostles were the leaders in Jerusalem, where the earliest church was operating. When a dispute arose about how the widows were being served food, it became clear to the apostles that they shouldn’t be directly handling everything. They needed to delegate, to appoint suitable leaders who could handle the ministry to the widows.
The reasoning of the apostle is made clear when they say, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.” In other words, they had before them two worthy tasks. On one hand, they needed to be preaching the word. But on the other, there was a large ministry to widows that needed good leadership, especially in light of a dispute that arose. So the apostles rightly prioritize their main responsibility—preaching—and appointed ministers, or ‘deacons’, to step in the needed ministry role.
Consider the various responsibilities you have been given. Parenting. School administration. Teaching. Church leadership. Now, are there other responsibilities that are getting in the way of your main ones? Take a moment to prioritize them and consider whether or not you can delegate those to another, suitable person. It’s likely that God has called someone just for that task, too. In this way, God provides for us to accomplish the work He’s given us for His glory.