This is from Chaplain Mike at a heavy-duty theology site I like called Internet Monk:
“Just as Jesus’ ministry was small and obscure, localized in a way that few appreciated it, even so people today who become new in him by grace through faith begin gathering sparks little by little, finding the lost here and there, comforting that lonely one, protecting the weak who are off the radar, and advocating for those hungering and thirsting for justice, whose voices are rarely heard.”
Indeed, it’s the obscure ministers and lay Christians in local places–people who quietly but steadfastly witness to the power of God’s healing love, power and grace–who make this world a better place every day by advancing the kingdom of God.
They aren’t the kind of ministers who pray in public in booming voices that attract TV viewers by the millions.
They are common folks who don’t have time to follow and promote self-aggrandizing politicians who wear religion on their sleeves to make political points.
They are the Christians in the local communities whose faces shine, people who bear all the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
They’re the Christians who, rather than complain about kids today, are busy mentoring troubled kids.
They’re the Christians who, rather than rail against abortion and nastily denounce pro-choice people as “killers,” are busy with foster children or raising kids they’ve adopted, or working with single parents to show them what self-responsibility is about.
You get the picture. You know the kind of Christians I’m talking about because you have them in your towns and neighborhoods and local.
They’re busy building up people rather than tearing people down.
They’re the salt of the earth.
They’re the smallest but the greatest.
They show all of us how this Christian thing was meant to work.