I believe, unhappily so, that many people in the church avoid serving the Lord (most think they’re just not serving the church) because they think that whatever needs to be done isn’t done by them because it’s not his or her job to do it. This is a sad mentality to say the least. Without a doubt certain individuals take certain responsibilities upon themselves freely, and individuals such as elders, deacons and preachers, need to remember this. But for any individual to shirk his or her duty to the Lord as his servant on the basis of it’s another servant’s job doesn’t just miss the point of setting the table in the Lord’s kingdom – it’s misses the point of sitting at the table in the Lord’s kingdom.
Take this secular example of this spiritual point that I’m making. A dental hygienist who was cleaning a young girl’s teeth noticed something that had nothing to do with her teeth. She noticed that her eyes were yellow, so she called the dentist over to ask for his opinion and he agreed with her that something did not look right. A doctor’s visit and a very rough surgery later (due to a very large tumor on her pancreas), the young girl that was sitting in the hygienists’ chair found herself recovering from an issue that would have killed her had it not been for the steps taken to save her life – steps that were taken because a dental hygienist noticed something wrong with the young girl’s eyes.
The hygienist could have brushed off what she saw in that young girl’s eyes by telling herself that she was a hygienist, not an optometrist, much less a practicing PhD. But she didn’t! She didn’t say “it’s not my job” because she knew she had a responsibility as one person to another. And so we, as “ordinary” Christians, who are all called to serve the Lord in his kingdom, must remember that saying “it’s not my job” does not change the opportunities that we are called to look for. And it does not change the reasons we could have to rejoice.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10)