The reality of the 20/80 rule has been around for a long time. This rule says, "Twenty percent of the people in any given organization do eighty percent of the work." Or from another angle it's stated as, "Twenty percent of the people in any given organization create eighty percent of the problems."
Both of those rules seem to apply to churches in particular. Pastors often spend much time talking to each other about the twenty (hard-working) percent or the twenty (problem-creating) percent.
Jesus accepted reality and simply stated, "The workers are few...."
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.