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“These Things Entrust to Faithful Men”

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“These things entrust to faithful men, who, in turn, will be adequately qualified to teach others.”—2 TIMOTHY 2:2.

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Older brothers should not feel discouraged when they need to give some responsibilities to younger men. We all realize that the most important thing today is Jehovah’s work. Training younger men to handle responsibilities will help this work get done. Think about this. When you were a young child, you probably watched your father drive his car. As you got older, he explained to you what he was doing. In time, you got your license and started to drive the car yourself. Even then, your father still gave you advice. Sometimes you took turns driving. But as your father got older, you did most of the driving. Was your father upset? No, he was probably happy to have you drive him around. In a similar way, older brothers are happy to see younger men whom they have trained become ready to take on responsibilities in Jehovah’s organization.

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At times, younger ones are given the responsibility to oversee the work of older, more experienced brothers. It would be wise for them to learn from these older ones. In the example we spoke about earlier, after Paul replaced Peter as the overseer of a Bethel department, he said, “I took time to seek out the advice of Peter, and I encouraged others in the department to do the same.”

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All of Jehovah’s people want to support the Kingdom and do whatever is asked of them.

WHY WE MAY FIND IT HARD TO DELEGATE

1

We may worry that we will not get credit for the work.

But let us remember that all credit belongs to Jehovah.—Psalm 115:1.

2

We do not want to give up work that we enjoy.

But training others can bring us joy.—Acts 20:35.

3

We think that the work will not be done properly.

But as God helped us to do the work, he can help others.—Psalm 37:5.

4

We do not want to lose control of an assignment.

But Jehovah is always in control.—Isaiah 45:6, 7.

5

We feel that we do not have time to train others.

But training others now will actually save time in the future.—Ephesians 5:15, 16.

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SOME EXPRESSIONS EXPLAINED

  • To delegate authority: To train others to take on the work and assignments that we have. Even if they are given an assignment that we had, we should always support them. We want them to do the work even better than we did
  • To take on more responsibility: To accept more work and assignments and to do them to the best of our ability. This involves accepting the training and support that are provided by those who have done such work before
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