Y’all – A Most Excellent Noun.

Y’all is a most excellent noun (or ya’ll, depending).

It’s biblical, even.

Most of your Bible, in fact, consists of y’alls, not you’s. So many times we feel the burden of weight meant for a community on ourselves:

Paul doesn’t say “You” pray always without ceasing. He says “Y’all” pray always, without ceasing.

Jesus didn’t say “You” make disciples of all nations. He said “Y’all” do it.

Jeremiah didn’t say “You” build homes, have children, plant gardens and bless your city. He said “Y’all” do it.

You see the point? “You” can’t do it. You were never meant to do. But “we” – the church – “we” can do it, as the Holy Spirit distributes His gifts among us each in our own way. We need not feel the weight of the Great Commission except in the way it falls on our particular shoulders. “I” could not possibly pray without ceasing. But collectively, “we” could. “I” can’t bless my city and make it prosper. But most certainly “we” can, as the church.

So give a little less credence to your own efforts. It’s still weighty, yes. But with the church, it’s not crushing. We could do it, together.

“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.”

Presumably, that included their gifts.

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Nicholas McDonald is a blogger, pastor, and author of the book "Faker: How to Be Real When You're Tempted to Fake it." He studied creative writing and communication at Oxford University and Olivet Nazerene University, and received his M.Div from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Lexington, NC, with his wife and two boys, Caleb and Owen.