From the Pastor’s Desk
STAY IN YOUR LANE
It is proven in Scripture that God has given to every believer a specific responsibility or responsibilities in the Body of Christ. Each one is gifted by the Holy Spirit to glorify God and edify the Body of Christ, and there are those who have been given talents also that may be specific to them. Therefore, each must learn to function in the area where he or she has been placed. Now, there are those who feel that it is their responsibility to cross into other areas that are not really their concern. Now, let me first state that I am not talking about when someone asks for help that it does not mean you cannot help them.
I am reminded of a number of examples in scripture that resonate very loudly in my mind: King Uzziah comes to mind first, 2 Chronicles 26:16 says, “But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the LORD his God by entering the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.” God struck him with leprosy because only the priests were permitted to burn incense on the Altar of Incense. Uzziah crossed over into an area where he was not supposed to. King Saul also comes to mind in 1 Samuel 13, when the men of Israel were afraid because of the Philistines began to be in disarray, King Saul offered a Burnt Offering and peace offering. Because he did not wait for Samuel he crossed over into another lane that was not permissible for him to do. Saul’s sin was that he did not wait for priestly assistance from Samuel. Therefore the kingdom was stripped from him. Was it worth it to cross over?
Please allow me to give you some examples of what I am talking about: 1.) If I am not the one who works with the ushers in the first place, and I am always telling them what they need to do…I am out of my lane. 2.) If I am not the organist or pianist or the drummer, and I am always trying to tell them how to play, and I don’t even play…I am definitely out of my lane. 3.) If I am not the Choir Director, and I am always trying to direct the choir…I have veered into the wrong lane. 4.) If I am not the one in charge of the Church Anniversary, and I take it upon myself to go and ask people to do something on the program and I have not asked the Chairperson if that is okay…I have jumped out of my lane and crossed over into oncoming traffic.
Now we must remember that it is not wrong to be a part of and to work with…but when you decide on your own to usurp the authority of the one that has been placed in the lead position, you have become a hindrance. You are not respecting the one who has been chosen to lead. It is something to think about. We must all remember our place and be there to support, not take over.
Your servant in Christ,