Growing up

Ephesians 2:19-22 (NIV)
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

I have looked and failed. Nowhere in the New Testament can I find us being told to “build the Kingdom.” It fully exists already. It’s already built “from the foundation of the world,” built into the nature of all our reality.

I can, however, find applicable words like “enter,” “proclaim,” “suffer for” the Kingdom, but never “build” it. This is because the Kingdom isn’t something to be built, but rather it’s something to be explored, accepted, submitted to, studied and grown up into.

It has become so much easier to pray for miracles but, in the process, we have lost the Jesus-taught design of inviting damaged people to step into what already exists for all of us.

We can start to learn again about really effective discipling for ourselves through OJW’s mission projects: