I don't know who it was.
And I don't know what the circumstance were surrounding it.
But this is what I do know:
A deacon told me about a former church member years ago who disagreed with the church over a matter. The disgruntled member voiced his frustration to the church leadership and wanted changes made. When he realized he was not going to get what he wanted, the former member said this: "Me and my money are leaving this church. And this place will not make it without me!" Then he walked out the church door and did not return.
As I reflect on that story, I am reminded of this important truth: The church is not based on you or me. None of us are the rock on which it stands.
The church is founded, based, led, and owned by Jesus Christ. HE is what the church is all about. HE is The One who is vital to the well-being of the institution.
We church people need to remember something: None of us are irreplaceable. I'm not. And you're not. Any of us could leave it today, and God's church would continue to march forward. So let's not get too big for our britches and think we're more important than we really are.
I'm sure glad that Jesus is who holds the church together. If it was dependent on any of us, it would sure be in trouble. It would have flopped a long time ago. But Jesus keeps it solid, focused, and vibrant. Thanks to Him, the church is going nowhere but onward and upward!!
Let's always remember to give credit where credit is due: The church is all about Jesus. He, not us, is who makes everything work. And He, not us, is the center of it all.
Oh, and by the way, here's the rest of the story I started at the beginning of this blog post. The church is not just surviving. It's thriving! Great things are happening. It's just further proof that the church does not depend on any one man or woman. Far from it. The church depends on Jesus! And He will never let the church down. Ever.