Years ago I went to visit a couple that had visited our church. They had recently moved to our community but their previous church experience was in a church with a very similar doctrinal position and philosophy of ministry as our own. I was encouraged that they might be a good match for our ministry. The husband also told me that he had served as a deacon in that church for an extended period of time. I was very hopeful — not only a similar church background, but servants! We could use people like them in our ministry!
Then he uttered these two sentences: “That’s all in the past; we’ve done our service and we’ve made our contributions. Now I’m going to play golf.”
And he did, I guess. It was the last time I saw them. I thought of them again this morning after hearing/seeing this clip from John Piper, which I have heard multiple times previously. It’s worth hearing, heeding, and remembering: