Fencing in our favourite tasks in church is not servanthood

Reading: Matthew 20:20-28

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Ditlev Blunck [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

One thing that pains me so much is when I see people in church who have monopolised some tasks in church they become so comfortable in it, that they don’t want to share their tasks with others. Neither do they want to take on other tasks–perhaps because they don’t like it. And when other people unknowingly enter their territory, they are not happy, they would even sometimes show their temper. And church officers are careful not to trod on their feet and pride either–perhaps because they are elderly (an excuse in the pretense of respect, or just not wanting to offend?), or they are so efficient in their tasks and there’s no certainty that another person would take on the same job with the same commitment. And what’s really sad is that in a secular setting, these would have been easily addressed with policies, processes, established communication flows, and chain of command. But in churches, we are so worried of our membership that we dare not even make it clear the very Christian values that we should be upholding.I pray that those in leadership would have the true heart of a shepherd, and a real concern to snatch from the fire everyone in the flock, especially those who would soon be crossing to the other side. If in a secular setting we have the management skills to address this in a very professional way–more so in God’s family, and in a very loving way!

My friend, if you are in a position of leadership and you don’t know how or are afraid to handle this–ask the Lord for wisdom! Get some Christian leadership training if there’s an opportunity! And for those who have boxed themselves into these so-called categories of love languages (serving, giving, etc.)–my friend, the real language of love is doing even the task which is not our favourite in order to accommodate other members of the Body of Christ and glorify the Lord! Be the one to say, “I’ll do what nobody wants to do”–and expect it to be the task you yourself would not like to do!

“… Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:26-29

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