In an old western a cowboy said about a gunslinger, “Nobody is faster than him.” Another cowboy said stepped up and said, “My name is Nobody.” There is an 80/20 rule in the church. 80% of the people are not involved and usually 20% do most of the work. In all churches, there is much that needs to be done, but usually nobody volunteers. It seems that everyone is waiting for somebody to do the work, but nobody does it.
Written from a tract: “It seems that the average church is made of Fred Somebody, Thomas Everybody, Susan Anybody, and Joe Nobody. All four belonged to the same church. The pastor depended upon Everybody, Anybody, and Somebody, but Nobody did it. It seemed that Everybody was always too busy. So guess who helped in the church? Nobody! Really, Nobody was the only willing one of the four members. Nobody did the visitation. Nobody worked on the church building. Nobody visited the shut-ins. Nobody drove the van. Nobody supported the missionaries. Nobody served in the nursery. Nobody prayed for the pastor. When the church needed a Sunday school teacher, Everybody thought Anybody would do it, and Anybody thought Somebody would do it. And you know who did it? That’s exactly right…Nobody! It happened that a fifth person, Whosoever, who was unsaved, visited the church. Everybody thought Somebody should visit Whosoever and try to win him to the Lord. Anybody could have done it, because Whosoever wanted to be saved, but you know who finally won him? That’s right Nobody.” (Author an Unknown Nobody).
Solution: When the pastor says, “Nobody mows the yards, Nobody visits the shut-ins, and Nobody drives the vans,” you need to step up and say, “My name is Nobody – I will do it!” “For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not” (2 Cor. 8:12). If everybody would do what they could with what they “hath” every ministry need would be met. So the next time there is a ministry need that you can do with what you “hath” and Nobody does it, just step up and say, “My name is Nobody.”