By Warren W. Wiersbe
Our pastor recently asked me to join a “Committee to Revitalize the Library,” which is in the room also known as the junior high Sunday-school room. And also known each October as the storage room for the women’s annual rummage sale.
I smelled an oxymoron in the phrase “Committee to Revitalize.”
At the first meeting, the committee members were, one by one, immediately electrified by a single idea: to fix the electrical short in the light switch! We were also soon convinced to give ourselves unreservedly to the task of getting the congregation excited about Christian reading, to do whatever it takes-no matter the personal sacrifice-to tackle the problem with energy and imagination.
So we asked the pastor to preach on it.
Unfortunately, the pastor’s sermon, which was titled, “If Judas Had Only Read More Christian Books,” greatly upset the committee. The elders called a congregational meeting, and our committee was given a mandate:
“The church library should be a symbol of our commitment to the discipleship of the mind. Fine Christian books should line the shelves. The room should be spacious with adequate lighting and comfortable chairs. The atmosphere should exude an excellence worthy of our Lord, the great Teacher. And our library should not be overshadowed by Second Baptist’s!”
The meeting adjourned, but without discussion of how we would pay for the project.
Written by Warren W. Wiersbe
Used by permission. Not to be reprinted.
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