We seek to avoid two equal but opposite errors:
- The lofty immeasurable – a goal that sounds wonderful but that is too vague and ill-defined, it cannot be measured on any level and there is no way to know whether or not progress is being made (e.g. world peace, good works, preaching the good news to everyone).
- The all too doable – a goal that could potentially be obtained but which does not really require the Kingdom of God to be fully established (e.g. plant 50 churches, make a million dollars, develop a sustainable literacy program in Ethiopia). We don’t want to finish our work before God finishes his.
The Big Words are the Key:
- In the advent of the Lord Jesus, God has “inaugurated” his reign. If the Kingdom has come, participation in the mission of this Kingdom will have and will result in a certain tangibility and definability relevant to local contexts and/or immediate projects. There will be results and goals that we can prayerfully define, work and plan for, and expect.
- But the Kingdom of God is also still on the way. The “eschatological” nature of God’s reign reminds us that mission has an end that is promised but that we have yet to reach. We finish when the Kingdom has come fully and not before. Our ultimate goal must be truly ultimate.
- Kingdom work then is entirely God-centered and God-contingent since it must flow from the mission of God – what God is doing and where God is going.
WHAT IS GOD DOING?
He is bringing His Kingdom reign progressively into the world, bringing transformation in the process.