Kingdom Business

The church gets into trouble whenever it thinks its in the church business rather than the kingdom business. In church business people are concerned with church business and religious behavior. In the kingdom, people are concerned with kingdom activities – all human behavior visible and invisible. Kingdom people see human affairs as saturated with spiritual meaning and kingdom significance. Kingdom people seek first the kingdom of God and its justice. Church people often put concerns of church work above concerns of justice, mercy and truth. Church people think about how to get people into the church. Kingdom people think about how to get the church into the world. Church people worry that the world might change the church. Kingdom people work to see that church changes the world. When Christians put the church ahead of the kingdom they settle for the status quo and their own kind of people, but when they catch a vision for the kingdom of God their sight shifts outside the walls of the church to the lost and the needy. They see the life and work of the church from the perspective of the Kingdom. If the church has one great need, it is this %u2013 to be set free for the Kingdom of God. (Howard Snyder)

Found via The Dying Church via Ponder This