Many of us have lost sight of the goal. Amid the noise of political debate and the warnings of economic disaster, along with the daily cares of life -- it can be a struggle to keep a Kingdom perspective. A nugget from Dallas Willard helps me adjust my focus.
"Jesus did not send His students out to start governments or even churches as we know them today, which always strongly convey some elements of a human system. They were, instead, to establish beachheads of His person, [His] word, and [His] power in the midst of a failing and futile humanity. They were to bring the presence of the kingdom and its King into every corner of human life simply by fully living in the kingdom with Him.
"We must make no mistake about it. In thus sending out his trainees, He set afoot a perpetual world revolution: one that is still in process and will continue until God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven. As this revolution culminates, all the forces of evil known to mankind will be defeated and the goodness of God will be known, accepted, and joyously conformed to in every aspect of human life. He has chosen to accomplish this with and, in part, through [us] His students." excerpt from Renovation of the Heart
That's something to ponder.