Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Are You a Member or Are You Just a Person?

Sometimes I go into the big city with my husband.

I meet with a dear friend of many, many years and have a joyful, cathartic lunch.

I then go into a mainline denominational church (think mega) and spend the rest of the day sitting, reading and pondering the goodness of the Lord.

While resting there one afternoon, I suddenly needed to use the restroom. Badly! I walked down the hall to the nearest bathroom, but, unfortunately, it was being cleaned.

Oh dear!

I got on the elevator and went to the seventh floor where I knew that prayer room existed thinking that there would probably be another bathroom available, but to no avail!

I then got back on the elevator and went down one floor. When the door opened I found myself looking into a waiting room area with a receptionist behind glass windows. Timidly I approached the glass and waited for the lady to acknowledge me.

"Excuse me, but I was looking for a restroom and the one on the first floor is being cleaned. Would you be able to direct me to another?"

"Ummmm. Are you a member or are you just a person?"

I'm afraid at this point, I almost didn't need to find a restroom anymore. I burst out laughing and shared that I was "just a person." I got back on the elevator and waited for the bathroom to finish being cleaned.

Oh, Church! Awaken from your slumber!

Matthew 10:42 (New International Version)

42And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."