Thursday, January 23, 2014
Wait For It!
And there are times when the kingdom doesn’t grow as we pray and hope: Husbands, sons, daughters, friends, neighbors, and grandchildren for whom we’ve prayed and with whom we’ve shared our invitations to get to know Jesus for years still don’t believe.Amen to that. The world tells me one thing, but I know another - God is at work and He does not break His word. At the root of patience is faith. God please give me more.
The society in which we live has become so arrogant, so materialistic, and so far from God that many Christians--conservative, liberal, mainline, evangelical, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox--have, in practical terms, given up on God altogether.
Instead of lamenting the sorry state of the world and of our congregations, we need to stir ourselves to prayer and to witnessing for Christ.
We need to be about the great commission, to make disciples, to teach people all that Jesus has commanded, to baptize people in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, knowing that no matter how puny the kingdom may seem to our faulty, sin-tinged, earthbound eyes, Christ is with us always and He is still doing new things in the lives of those who trust His Word.
Jesus is telling us in this little parable [ed note: comparing the Kingdom to a mustard seed]: “Church, Christians, don’t lose patience!”
We who follow Christ have a simple task: To keep speaking the Word about Jesus Christ.