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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility"
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:29
Some years ago a former American astronaut took over as head of a major airline, determined to make the airline's service the best in the industry. One day, as the new president walked through a particular department, he saw an employee resting his feet on a desk while the telephone on the desk rang incessantly.
"Aren't you going to answer that phone?" the boss demanded.
"This isn't my department," answered the employee nonchalantly, apparently not recognizing his new boss. "I work in maintenance."
"Not anymore you don't!" snapped the president.
Someone should have taught this employee the lesson in “see a need, meet a need.” How much more could be done if everyone had the “I-can-do-it” attitude. So many things go undone in church ministry because few people have this attitude. I am so thankful for the many faithful in our church who jump into the work and “get it done.” Those same people, however, are the same ones that carry several responsibilities.
Did it ever dawn on you that this ministry is your responsibility? The nurseries, the bus ministry, the choir, ushering, the parking lot attendants, soul-winning, the youth department, the Sunday School, the food pantry, the maintenance, the preaching is all YOUR responsibility! If there is a need in any of these, you ought to meet the need; and everything else you should pray for that the need to be met. This is YOUR church; and, therefore, YOUR responsibility to meet the needs of it.
Anything that you fail to take responsibility for you will eventually lose. Church members that will not carry the load of the church will eventually be out of the church, or without a church. God has given us a unique opportunity to partner with Him in His work. Take this yoke of responsibility and you will have a wonderful, fulfilling, exciting life in God’s work.