For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened (II Corinthians 8:13).
God never intended that a minority of believers carry the entire burden of the ministry in His churches. God used the apostle Paul to teach the members of the church in Corinth the grace of giving and how they could grow in the spirit of generosity. We can well imagine that some might think, “But what about me? Should I sacrifice alone?”
The answer is that God wants all of us to do our part. Many times we have heard statistics claiming that twenty percent of the people usually contribute eighty percent of the work. This is supposedly true in many realms of professional life, which would mean that eighty percent of the population is not pulling its fair share of the load.
This should not be true among the Lord’s churches. Each and every member should be contributing. It is certainly not God’s will that “other men be eased, and ye burdened.” The word “burdened” speaks of being under pressure or troubled with responsibility. Every Christian should want to serve the Lord and His church. We do not want anyone to be burdened because they are carrying more than their share of the load.
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (I Peter 4:10).
Every member should be a minister! Every believer should be doing his or her part in Christian service through the church. Everyone should be praying, giving, serving, and witnessing. When you think about it, why should anyone want someone else to do what God expects every one of us to do?
It is true that we don’t all have the same spiritual gifts, but God expects us to use the gift or gifts we do have to serve others. Every one of us can do something as simple as make a call to shut-ins, writing or calling church absentees, greeting guests who come through our doors, encouraging those going through difficult times, praying for the sick, and helping in other small ways. It could be tidying up the auditorium after services, passing out bulletins, serving in the nursery, singing in the choir, or a hundred other needed areas of church ministry.
Imagine the effectiveness and influence of our churches both in our communities and around the world if every Christian was cheerfully doing his or her part!
What could you do as a Christian to get involved in a ministry of your church? Wouldn’t it be great if every member was a minister?