For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel — not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor. 1:17-18)
4 Ways Job Descriptions Can Rob the Cross of Its Power
- When we make the development of job descriptions a mere business-like endeavor, we’re getting into the realm of human wisdom and hence could be emptying the cross of its power.
Check out prior posts in this Practicum for how to look at job descriptions through the grid of the basics of life in Christ. If job descriptions merely fulfill an administrative purpose, maybe we should re-examine what we’re doing. Job descriptions should help us achieve God’s purposes, function like the Body He designed us to be, help us fulfill the Great Commission, etc.
- When we dismiss the value of job descriptions with the thought that everyone should be doing everything, that we should be free to go with flow of the Spirit, that real servants do whatever needs to be done, we could be robbing the cross of its power.
Notice how 1 Cor.1:17-18 starts with the Apostle Paul making a statement distinguishing his responsibilities from others. He noted that Christ sent him to preach, not to baptize. Later in chapter three, he further delineates responsibilities saying that he planted the seed while someone else watered it. Since there are different kinds of spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:4), it only makes sense that we would have different responsibilities to fulfill (1 Cor. 12:14-25). — “There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” (1 Cor. 12:6)
- When we view job descriptions as so essential that ministry couldn’t effectively happen without them, we’re emptying the cross of its power.
Job, or ministry, descriptions are mere tools. God is the Power Source for effective ministry to happen. He might use some of the systems and structures we put in place, but ultimately, He is the One who changes lives through the power of the Gospel (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 3:5-9). It can be good for people to know their responsibilities but even more, they must know the Power Source for fulfilling those tasks for true ministry to happen.
- When using job descriptions in staff evaluations, if we merely request the person to try harder when we identify deficiencies, we could be robbing the cross of its power.
2 Peter 1:8-9 clearly asserts that ineffectiveness and a lack of productivity in our walk comes from forgetting the power of the cross. — “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.”