Remember the Mission
On a dangerous sea coast where shipwrecks often occurred, there was once a crude little lifesaving station. The station consisted of a hut, one boat, and a few devoted members whose mission was to keep a constant watch over the sea. Relinquishing personal considerations they tirelessly went out day and night searching for the lost. Many lives were saved by this wonderful little station. Because of its great works, some of those who were saved and many in the surrounding area wanted to become associated with the station. They wanted to give of their time, money, and effort for the support of its works. As a result, the little lifesaving station grew requiring the purchase of new boats and training of new crew members.
Some of the members of the lifesaving station were unhappy that the building was so crude and poorly equipped. They felt that a more comfortable place should be provided for the refuges that were saved from the sea. So, they replaced the emergency cots with beds and put better furniture in the enlarged building. They decorated it beautifully and furnished it with an exquisite flair. Soon, the lifesaving station became a popular gathering place for its members and they began to use it as a club. As time passed, fewer members were interested in going out to sea on lifesaving missions. To retain the mission they hired lifeboat crews to do the work. One evening the hired crews brought in a boatload of cold, wet, and half-drowned people. They were dirty, sick, some had black skin, and some had yellow skin. Now, the beautiful new club was in chaos. To remedy that, the members built a shower house outside where victims of shipwreck could be cleaned up before coming inside.
Eventually, many of the members viewed the club’s lifesaving activities as being unpleasant and a hindrance to their normal social life and the lifesaving station closed. In that same year 26 people died at sea.
Have you forgotten the mission? I hope not! The mission of the Christian Faith is and must always be to seek, find, and rescue the lost for Jesus Christ. Remember the mission!