Sunday, 24 March 2019

The Kingdom's Bigger Picture?

"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." - Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

Do you ever get discouraged? I confess that I sometimes do. At times like that I think it is important that we stop, take a breath, and be reminded again of the Kingdom's bigger picture. Be encouraged; God is still in control. 😊

I came across this refreshing nugget today and thought it worth sharing. May it be a blessing.

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"It helps, now and then, to step back and take in the long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts: it is beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is the Lord's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us. No sermon says all that should be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the Church's mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything. That is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted knowing they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that affects far beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very, very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the Master Builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future that is not our own."

Quote: Oscar Romero, who was assassinated on this date, March 24, 1980, as he was saying Mass in El Salvador. Source: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons

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