He wants us to follow in the footsteps of His Son our Lord Jesus Christ, and everything we say and do should reflect His life and teachings.
We are called to be living testimonies to ‘The Good News’ Jesus’ coming into the world brought us.
It seems to me that we are spending a great deal of time worrying about how we can bring people into the church and especially how we can attract young people. We wonder how we can make the Christian faith more relevant to the world of today. Some are even prepared to compromise the basics of our beliefs as long as it will ‘bring the people in’! We always have to ask God if this is acceptable and we may have answers we don’t like.
There is a message from Jesus for us in the parable in St. Mark, Ch. 4: 26 – 29, which is the story of a farmer who works hard sowing seeds but after that he leaves them alone for a long time, to grow by themselves. Without his help the seeds sprout and mature and he returns at harvest time to gather in the grain.
The message is that although we may not see many results of what we are doing for the moment, we have to trust God and wait patiently while serving Him in the place He has chosen for us because the Holy Spirit is always at work and it is He not us, Who will make the changes. When God’s Kingdom is established upon earth, all will be revealed.