Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? It is the idea that 20% of the people in Church do 80% of the work. I have no idea where those numbers comes from, but we do have to admit that we regularly see situations that seem to match these numbers. There seems to be a tendency for Christians to ride on the coattails of other Christians.
There could be numerous reasons for this: lack of confidence, laziness, fear, introverted, oblivious, apathy, never asked to help, don’t want to “take over”, etc. However, one word summarizes the above list…excuses.
As we see in 1 Peter 4:10, all born again believers have been given a gift. This means you, Christian. This gift is from the Lord God himself, the Maker of Heaven and Earth. And this gift is unique to you, for it says the gifts are “varied.” God choose you to receive a particular gift for a particular church in a particular time. If you don’t use that gift, not one else can. It is personal to you.
In light of these things, we are called to be “good stewards” of these God given gifts. How are we to be good stewards? We are good stewards by using the gift that our God has given us, “use it to serve one another.” If we do not use the gift, then we are by definition bad stewards. We are bad stewards because we are being disobedient to the Lord and we are bad stewards because we are not serving our own family like we are called to do.
Imagine a player on the basketball team not pulling his weight. He doesn’t play defense. He doesn’t run down the court. He isn’t paying attention. He doesn’t run the play. A player such as this does more harm than good. They are just in the way. Unfortunately, many Christians in the Church look a lot like that bad player. They bring more harm than good. Why? Because they are not using the gift that God has given them for the building up of the Church. They want to wear the jersey, but never contribute to the team.
Imagine instead a well-oiled machine; every player doing exactly what they are called to do; every player pulling their weight, every player fulfilling their role. This type of team is a delight to play on and a delight to watch. This type of team experiences less turmoil and more joy. This type of team has more wins than it otherwise would.
As a Pastor I find myself constantly asking, “What if?” What if we were good stewards of God’s grace? What if we used our gifts to serve each other? What if we were a well-oiled machine fulfilling the call of our Lord?...There is no time like the present to find out.