Have you been a leader of a group and your members resent that they don’t have “authority” or they simply are going with the flow and thus don’t contribute towards the goal of the group? Or have you ever found yourself in situations where you are a part of a team with those who hold a title or recognition? You find one or two slacking but you have no voice as you are a nobody so all the efforts you are taking are going to waste as a result. When you do try to put your concerns forward you are snapped at as you’re the one who has a problem working with people. Have you been in these shoes? Or have you been the person not carrying out your assigned tasks in a timely manner, not pulling your weight? After all, you have authority so how you decide to do it is upto you right?
- What holds people back from pulling their weight in the team?
- Could it be over commitments, sheer laziness, couldn’t be bothered / so what attitude, pride, lack of seeing the vision or not totally understanding the impact or purpose of the tasks?
- Which of the categories mentioned in the scenarios outlined above do you often fall into?
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism – Colossians 3: 23-25
Each one of us need to remember that we are stewards of all that God has entrusted to us – whether it be our time, finances, gifts etc etc. Whatever we do we are doing it unto Him. It is the Lord Christ we are serving. If we love God, whatever we do we will do it with ALL our heart (not with only a part of it). When we do that, we become good stewards of what He has given us. In the process we are helping others do the same. When we don’t, not only are we wasting God’s resources entrusted to us but also what He has given others. God will hold us accountable in this type of scenario.
Also, whatever we do when we do it for Him, we will also speak up and ensure we all pull our weight together as our focus is on glorifying God and what is done well is what would glorify Him. We don’t do shabby work then. If the “leadership” fails to hear your concerns or do something about it or worse, judge your personality / character perhaps we need to re-evaluate whether we are indeed in the place where God wants us to serve and whether we are honouring the calling He has placed on our lives. We are all equal and “some”body in the eyes of the Lord.
Each one of us have not just been called but also called according to His purpose…. and works for the good of them “who love Him”
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him,
who have been called according to His purpose – Romans 8:28
The twelve turned the responsibility of waiting on the tables to seven Spirit filled men full of wisdom. This was done so that the twelve didn’t neglect the ministry of the Word of God entrusted to them and thus they could also give their attention to prayer (Acts 6:1-7).
On the other hand, we need to also bear in mind that people with prophetic anointing (where they can see ahead or see into the situation) will be rejected by those who don’t have hearts surrendered to the Lord. When the word of caution / warning / encouragement is given then that task is complete; the response to the word is not the vessel’s responsibility.
Take a few minutes to pray and seek God’s will in knowing how He wants you to utilise the resources He has entrusted to you.
- Have you spread yourself thin and unable to do anything properly? A
- re you burned out or the verge of being burnt out?
- Are you slacking due to misplaced priorities or is it sheer laziness or pride?
- Ask God to reveal to you the details of what He has called YOU to do…
Yet whatever we do, even if it’s His Kingdom work, if we are focused on tasks and ignore building relationships then we have lost the point as the commandments are centered around love.