He was the new kid on the block, freshly chosen to join the board of our church, a pretty good guy, I had hope for him.
And then came his first board meeting and those words. “I just hope that I can learn from you guys how to be a good board member.” That’s when I wanted to yell. As he spoke those words to the other guys around the table, inside I groaned “No, please, no. Please don’t use these guys for your example.”
“I want to learn how to be a good board member.”
That is what they were, good board members. I won’t deny that. Well, they were at least okay board members.
It ‘s kind of like being a good church member.
Too many of us reach those goals, become good church members, become good board members, etc.
But many never become followers, disciples, bowed servants of the Most High God.
We please those around us but we do not have the faith to please God.
(Hebrews 11:6 ESV) And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
We don’t believe Hebrews 11.6, not really. We do believe that it is possible to please God without faith, just be a good church member, choir member, Sunday School teacher. . .groan. . .board member.
No, I did not want him to become a good board member, not really. I wanted him to learn how to follow God, pursue godliness, be a man of faith, a leader who thought first of God, who bowed before God.