To Be (a member), Or Not To
A couple of years
ago I joined the Rock Island Conservation Club. I had several reasons for joining. First, in order to reach new people with the good news of Jesus, I have to meet new people. Second, I wanted to help
young people learn about the wonderful life of hunting and outdoor sports, so I began helping teach Hunters Safety classes. Third, I love the outdoors and wanted to help any organization that is
involved in conservation. Forth, they have some nice lakes to fish and a place to camp and facilities to rent for events. Fifth, they do some other activities that are pretty cool. (I could go on,
but you get the idea.)
Every month or so I
get a newsletter from the RICC, telling about upcoming events, things decided at the monthly meeting and work that needs to be done at the facility. And each month as I read this newsletter I feel a
little pang of guilt. When I joined, I intended to be involved and help all I could, but every time something comes up, (except the Hunters Safety course), I’m “too busy” with other things. I’ve never been to a club meeting, never participated in a work day, and never been to any other
activity. So am I a ‘member’?
I believe that
being a ‘member’ is more than merely paying dues. The organization expects and plans on involvement.
What would happen if all members only paid their dues but no one ever showed up to do any of the work or help plan activities? The answer is obvious: nothing would get done. The facilities
would fall into disrepair, the club would not hold events for which it was created: to promote conservation by involving more people in conservation.
The same thing
happens when people become ‘members’ of a church, but never attend any events or planning events.
Imagine what would happen if all member only paid their dues, (attended Sunday morning worship and made their contribution), but no one ever showed up to do any of the work or help plan
activities? The answer is obvious: nothing would get done. The facilities would fall into disrepair, the church would not hold events for which it was created: to promote the life changing gospel by
involving people in the gospel.
This month as I
read my newsletter I determined that I would begin attending the monthly meetings for the RICC. The next one is in June and I will be there. I will begin to give more of my time to the club because I
am a member.
My prayer is that
as you read this newsletter you will determine to become more involved in the church. Men - attend the Men’s Breakfasts and monthly business meetings. Ladies - hold monthly WINGS meetings again. Families- come to our Family Movie Night (everyone is welcome, of course, even if you are
a family of one). When some event is planned, be there. Get involved! You will experience great joy by being involved in the work of the Lord!
Think about it.