Read this passage from NT Wright’s Simply Jesus this morning and just cannot get it out of my mind, so I thought I would share it with you so its can get in yours too, and in our community 🙂
“When God wants to change the world, he doesn’t send in the tanks. He sends in the meek, the mourners, those who are hungry and thirsty for God’s justice, the peacemakers, and so on. Just as God’s whole style, his chosen way of operating, reflects his generous love, sharing his rule with his human creatures, so the way in which those humans then have to behave if they are to be agents of Jesus lordship reflects in its turn the same sense of vulnerable, but powerful self giving love. It is because of this that the world has been changed by people like William Wilberforce campaigning tirelessly to abolish slavery: by Desmond Tutu, working and praying not just to end apartheid but to end it in such a way as to produce, a reconciled, forgiving South Africa; by Celia Saunders starting a hospice for terminally ill patients ignore by the medical profession and launching a movement, which has within a generation, spread right around the globe. ….. Jesus rules the world through those who launch new initiatives that radically challenge the accepted ways of doing things; jubilee projects to remit ridiculous and unpayable debt, housing trusts that provide accommodation to low income families or the homeless, local and sustainable agricultural projects that care for creation rather than destroy it in the hope of quick profit and so on. …. In the NT “good works” are what Christians are supposed to being doing in and for the wider community. That’s how the sovereignty of Jesus is put into effect “ p 216-7
HOW IS GOD GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD? …. Look in the mirror and look around when you gather as the church!
Excellent post! I would absolutely agree that we are the vessels God has chosen to change the world!