The Pareto Principle simply states that 20% produces 80% of the results. In a business 20% of the employees create 80% of the profits. If you’re in sales 80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients. If you have a list of ten things to do 2 of them will produce 80% of the results.
In the church we also find the Pareto Principle at work. 20% do 80% of the serving. 20% of the church shoulder 80% of the effort. 20% do 80% of the giving. If your church has 100 members, 20 will do a majority of the giving and serving. It’s God’s desire for that to be the other way around – 80% of the church or more each doing an important piece so no one is overloaded and the body can grow healthy and be strong.
There are many pictures Paul could have used to describe the church. One he never used was an island. He never said, “For we are each individual islands.” He instead used most often the metaphor of a body and would stress that each individual members is indispensable and each has a different and important role to play for the body of Christ to grow and be healthy.
If someone is sucking up the nourishment that others are providing without giving anything back in return, instead of a body part they’re more like an appendage. Here’s what I’ve found. Over time those who just sit, observe, and use resources most often become critical. So, one moves from being an appendage to a cyst that causes discomfort. If nothing is done the next step is cyst to tumor. God doesn’t want tumors in His body. May the Lord help us all to be fully functioning organs as we serve the Lord together.
Romans 12:4-5 says, “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.”