Serving and Waiting

Content from Mercy Street Church of Christ

Serving and waiting...
'Serving' and 'waiting' go together in the experience of
converting people. Indeed, this is at first sight
surprising, since 'serving' is active, while 'waiting' is
passive. In Christian terms, 'serving' is getting busy for
Christ on earth, while 'waiting' is looking for Christ to
come from heaven. Yet these two are not incompatible. On
the contrary, each balances the other. On the one hand,
however hard we work and serve, there are limits to what we
can accomplish. We can only improve society; we cannot
perfect it. We will never build a utopia on earth. For
that we have to wait for Christ to come. Only then will he
secure the final triumph of God's reign of justice and
peace. On the other hand, although we must look
expectantly for the coming of Christ, we have no liberty to
wait in idleness, with arms folded and eyes closed,
indifferent to the needs of the world around us. Instead,
we must work even while we wait, for we are called to serve
the living and true God.
Thus working and waiting belong together. In combination
they will deliver us both from the presumption which thinks
we can do everything and from the pessimism which thinks we
can do nothing. Amen.

grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, I'm Stan Baldwin.

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