During a question and answer session this weekend a prospect with previous motorcycle club experience asked me "James, is this your club, or our club?"
The question made me chuckle because I understand it so well. It may well be that he's been burned by the actions of the leaders of a previous club.
But the answer is simple. This is God's club. I can't take any of the credit for the dramatic and amazing explosion of growth of Disciple Christian MC, and neither could that prospect, even if he gets his patch, or anyone else. This is not an endeavor for man to control or take credit for.
How is it God's club? Simple, we pray before we act. We take time to consider situations and pray over them. We ask the Holy Spirit to guide us, and the other leaders of the club. I can give many example of amazing supernatural intervention in the path of this club, too many to count.
The simple truth is, God wants to change men. He wants to intervene in their lives, strengthen their relationships with Him, touch their families, and mend broken hearts. He wants to reconcile them to Himself. And He uses this club, and the men in it, to do it.
Trying to possess this club, and make it mine, or ours, would be putting flesh in control rather than the Spirit. Ive found that it's very important to God to be able to reach people,and the moment His servants start serving themselves, and taking control away from Him, God tends to deal with them, or just plain move them aside.
Remember that we may put in work, but it's God who builds. And just like anywhere else in life, the builder owns the house.
If the Lord does not build the house, the work of the builders is useless; if the Lord does not protect the city, it does no good for the sentries to stand guard. It is useless to work so hard for a living, getting up early and going to bed late. For the Lord provides for those he loves, while they are asleep.
Psalm 127:1-2 GNT