A pastor told about a dangerous seacoast where shipwrecks often occurred. Some residents of the area erected a small life-saving station. The few devoted people who manned it had only one boat, but they kept a constant watch over the sea. They saved many lives, and the little place soon become widely known. Other people joined the local residents and gave of their time and money to expand the operation. Soon a beautiful new building was erected.
Later, when a large shipwreck occurred, survivors were brought into the attractive new building, which had become a clubhouse. The place became dirty, and some of the plush furniture was soiled. At the next meeting many members felt that the life-saving activities were becoming a hindrance to the social life of the organization. Those who disagreed were told to begin another station down the beach, so they did. The years passed, and history repeated. In time that seacoast had a number of exclusive clubs dotting the shore, but they had forgotten their original purpose.
This is a parable. A church must never lose its life-saving mission. It’s so easy to become side-tracked and self-serving.
Let’s be faithful in our witness lest our churches neglect their calling to rescue the lost. – Henry G. Bosch
What can you do to encourage the members of your church to reach the lost? Pray for an opportunity to witness to someone today. (See the last of this booklet for a gospel outline.)
When a church stops rescuing the lost, that church needs to be rescued!
- May 20, 1990, Our Daily Bread