Where God Needs Us Most

“If churches saw their mission in the same way, there is no telling what might happen. What if people were invited to come tell what they already know of God instead of to learn what they are supposed to believe? What if they were blessed for what they are doing in the world instead of chastened for not doing more at church? What if church felt more like a way station than a destination? What if the church’s job were to move people out the door instead of trying to keep them in, by convincing them that God needed them more in the world than in the church?”
Barbara Brown Taylor

Taylor describes the great struggle of the church. God called us to build up the Kingdom (or Realm) of God. We interpret that as a call to build up the “church.” The church is not equivalent to the Kingdom (or Realm) of God. We need to make peace with that and become Kingdom-focused people. If we do, God will see that the way station we call church has all it needs to fulfill its true purpose in the world. In other words, it often seems “we struggle to see the forest for the trees.”

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