Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Big Dream-Big World

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought the field. ~ Matthew 13:44

You cannot begin to live the dream God has for you until you stop caring about only yourself. And the smaller your span of concern, the smaller your dream will be and the smaller your life will become. ~ Erwin McManus (Wide Awake)

Clearly, Christ highly values the kingdom and kingdom people -- to him we are a treasure. But, it is also important to note that Jesus not only saw the value of his kingdom, but he also saw the value of the field. The parable tells us, in his joy went and sold all he had and bought the field.

Laying it all on the line to secure the kingdom and the world brought Jesus great joy.

I point that out because we, as Christ followers, can develop a tendency of putting no value on those things that lay outside the boundaries of the kingdom. It becomes second nature for all of our energies -- physical and spiritual -- to be exhausted caring for the well-being of other believers. But if that becomes the entire span of our concern, our world will eventually collapse inward. And if we devalue the larger field [world] our impact will be far less than Christ had in mind. We become small and so, too, our world.

So . . .

Do we highly value the kingdom? Absolutely!

But do we neglect the world within which the kingdom exists? Absolutely not!

Dream big and live big!

1 comment:

  1. I think you hit the nail on the head once again, pastor. The church must not insulate itself from the very world it's called to save. Salt does no good if not applied to decay. Light is nothing without comparison to darkness.

    There must be a holy separation between how the world acts and how we as believers go about our kingdom-building work. But there need not be a wall between us and the world that keeps them from seeing that difference.