It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way
of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
This is what we are about:
We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water the seeds already planted knowing
that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing this.
This enables us to do something, and to do it 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 not our own.”