There’s no “i” in “we”.

In his book, Becoming a Person of Influence, John Maxwell tells the story about a famous 19th century organist who traveled from town to town giving concerts. In each town he hired a boy to pump the organ during the concert. After one performance, the hired boy said to the organist, “We sure had a great concert tonight, didn’t we?” To which the organist responded… “What do you mean we? I am the one that had a great concert! Now run on home.”

The next night when the organist was halfway through another magnificent performance, the organ suddenly went silent. The organist continued to pound the keys, but no sound came out. The audience became restless. At this point, the little boy stuck his head around the corner of the organ and said, “We’re not having such a great concert tonight, are we?”

It works the same way when it comes to getting everything done that needs to get done in the church and Paul had a great way of putting it…

From Romans 12 we read this: By the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” (Romans 12:3-8, ESV)

In Ephesians 4 he adds this: “Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:15-16, ESV)

And in Romans 15 he dots the “i” and crosses the “t” with this: “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6, ESV)

I would add some commentary but it says what it means and means what it says and so I will leave my 2 cents out of the mix. That being said _ there is lots to get done so church let’s get busy using the many gifts that God has given to bring glory to great name of Jesus.


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