Breaking the 80/20 Rule
I refuse to give in to the world’s percentages. I refuse to surrender to the Pareto Principle that says 20% of the people do 80% of the work. Or, 20% of the people do 80% of the church giving. I just don’t think it has to apply to us.
There has to be a change. We don’t have to settle for what’s normal. Why should we? Did Jesus, as he walked this earth, ever settle for the norm? Of course not. Then, if He didn’t why should we?
Our attitude to just settle comes from our own selfishness. Jesus meets three men in Luke 9:57–62. Two of them tell him, “Lord, let me first go…” Both of these men use the “me-first” excuse. They are putting their own needs ahead of following and obeying Jesus. They are saying, “My needs are more important, somebody else will do the work.”
This “me-first” attitude has killed many of a potential laborer in God’s work. Jesus said in Luke 10:2 that the “laborers are few.” Why are they few? One reason is our own selfishness. We come to church to be served; not to serve. We come expecting other people to serve us and our families. We come assuming that if we don’t help; somebody else will. That’s why the 80/20 rule prevails—we allow it to work because we selfishly put ourselves first.
We don’t realize that the Kingdom of God is not about “me-first.” The Kingdom of God is “YOU-first.” It’s about putting other people first. It’s about having your heart in Heaven and consequently your hand in the harvest. When we’re all working together, using the unique gifts and talents God has given us, all needs are met. Not just “my” needs, but everyone’s needs.
I think our sights need to be set much higher than 80/20. I think our sights need to be set to a vision of 100% of the people doing 100% of the work. We don’t need to settle for the world’s norm.
There has to be a change. Are you ready? Will you join me in the 100/100 rule?