READ: Ephesians 4:1-13
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility
consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
As a lad I hurried home from school so I would not miss the latest episode in my favorite radio series. I recall hoping that my Mother had not left a ‘to-do’ list, which would hinder me from enjoying the latest adventure of my childhood hero, the Lone Ranger! I don’t know how many hours I spent (wasted?) engrossed in the exploits of the ‘Masked Rider of the Plains’. Numerous of my contemporaries, even today, confess that they too engaged in enjoying him. Occasionally, I wonder if sometimes, the idea of being the ‘Lone Ranger’ is carried over into our church activities.
Over the years I have seen numerous examples of ‘burn-out’ within churches and other organizations – usually resulting from the present day Lone Rangers trying to do everything by themselves. Seldom do they request assistance and support of others. They seem to glory in being the ‘go-to’ person. One common characteristic of these ‘go getters’ is that they frequently complain that no one else is willing to do anything around here! Instead of trying to persuade other members of the merits of the pending task and soliciting their support, they continue to try to accomplish everything single-handed.
In confronting situations like this I am reminded of the opening words of the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father…” Not my Father or your Father but our Father! The implication being that we are all members of one great family and we need to work together for a common cause. Each of us has special talents to offer in His service. Consequently, if the Lone Rangers in our congregations do not enlist us in needed to be done tasks, both they and we will suffer by not being an active part of His great family.