Like a Boss.
What comes to mind when you read these words?
For me, it brings back memories of the late 2000’s and early 2010’s when the “Like a Boss” trend was in full swing.
From the depths, merchandise and entertainment was defined by these three words. There was the #likeaboss, the “Like a Boss” button, “Like a Boss” T-shirts, movies, and music was being pumped out to reflect the nature of the phrase.
Exactly where and when this trend originated, I am not sure. One thing I do know, that remains to this day, is that everyone wants to be a boss. It became culturally obvious as people everywhere flaunted that the life and actions they presented were of that-
Like a boss.
But does it mean to be a boss?
During his presidency, Ronald Reagan had a sign in his office that stated the following:
“It’s amazing what can be accomplished by any person if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.”
In simple terms, a good boss delegates.
I stress the word good because a delegate is not entirely a boss. A boss is simply someone who is in charge of overseeing. But a good boss delegates and is not afraid of allowing someone to have their due credit, while meanwhile not afraid of taking responsibility for their shortcomings when necessary.
Politician Byron Dorgan knew this all too well when he stated,
“You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility.”
Biblically, this overseer model is followed. In Acts 6, the reader would find that the God’s church was growing and as it grew, the apostles began to neglect the needs of Grecian widows. As a response, the apostles delegated positions down to honorable and capable people so that they could dedicate their time to prayer and ministry of the Word.
The twelve apostles collectively agreed that “it is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables” (Acts 6:2).
This model continued as a cross-dispensational truth as we see Paul utilize this model in the age of grace as well. In 1 Timothy 3, Paul lists the qualifications of a bishop and of the deacons.
Later in writing, Paul reaffirms that the things that he taught must be delegated down in order to maximize efficiency of teaching and replication in the lives of the others.
Paul tells Timothy (Who he has already delegated teaching to) in the epistle,
“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).
Pastor and writer John Maxwell understood the power of delegation well as he writes,
“If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.”
The greatest businesses and the most powerful armies understand this well. In the United States military, delegation begins with the Commander-in-Chief and then branches down to the Generals, Colonels, Majors, and so on.
Therefore it should be of no surprise that Paul continues by stating,
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3-4).
God himself has already delegated a mission down to us: To glorify Him and proclaim the Gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ.
So, as Paul leaves this amazing example, follow him as he follows Christ (1 Corinthians 1:1). Whether in a church position or in day-to-day responsibilities, it is important to humble yourselves and allow others to help bear the load you carry, that was never meant to be carried alone.
I stress humility here. Because as you let go and let God work through those in your life, you build relationships and increase longevity in that occupation.
Let us close with the words of former Secretary of Defense, George C. Marshall.
“If you want someone to be for you, never let him feel he is dependent upon you; rather, in some way, make him feel that you are dependent upon him.”
Let this word be encourage you as you go through your day today-
Like a boss.