Sunday, September 14, 2008

What Is Important?

I joined a pastor peer group last week. There's five of us from a bunch of churches and one campus ministry. We found the following paragraph from Henri Nouwen thought provoking. What do YOU think about it? "We belong to a generation that wants to see the results of our work. We want to be productive and see with our own eyes what we have made. But that is not the way of God's kingdom. Often our witness for God does not lead to tangible results. Jesus himself died as a failure on a cross. There was no success there to be proud of. Still, the fruitfulness of Jesus' life is beyond any human measure. As faithful witnesses of Jesus we have to trust that our lives too will be fruitful, even though we cannot see their fruit. The fruit of our lives may be visible only to those who live after us. What is important is how well we love. God will make our love fruitful, whether we see that fruitfulness or not."

1 comment:

Steve Young said...

Jesus died as a failure on the cross? I can only presume he meant in the eyes of the world. It's true though that it may be after we're long gone that anyone recognizes our efforts; anyone besides God, that is.