#888 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 11 May 2014.
There are times when we are committed to a great cause but we see few results for our effort, and we’re tempted to throw in the towel.
In the context of Christian service, leading New Testament scholar and retired Anglican bishop N.T. Wright, put it like this:
The final kingdom, when it comes, will be the free gift of God, a massive act of grace and new creation. But we are called to build for the kingdom.
Like craftsmen working on a great cathedral, we have each been given instructions about the particular stone we are to spend our lives carving, without knowing or being able to guess where it will take its place within the grand design.
We are assured, by the words of Paul and by Jesus’s resurrection as the launch of that new creation, that the work we do is not in vain.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.