Summary: Don’t be a leadership hog. Do not be a service hoarder. Do not tightly hold ministry tasks from others.
In Hebrews 13:16 we read “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
I was an elementary PE teacher for one semester. We played a two-team variation of dodgeball called “Bombardment,” using eight foam balls for ammunition. I will never forget a kid named Forest. His strategy was clear: Hold as many balls as his arms would allow. Forest stockpiled ammunition in his chubby arms, thinking this gave him an advantage.
It did not. His team suffered. He became a sitting duck as he clumsily attempted to hold a fourth ball. Forest was a ball hog. It hurt him. It hurt his team.
Learn from Forest’s simple mistake. Don’t be a leadership hog. Do not be a service hoarder. Do you tightly hold tasks and mistakenly think you are “saving volunteers from extra work?” Sharing the work brings blessing to volunteers now and in the afterlife. What kingdom tasks are you hoarding that might rob someone of laying up treasure in heaven? When you share the opportunity to lay up treasure, you get treasure in heaven. Try this today.