Prophets of a Future Not Our Own

The following is a poem from the pen of Oscar Romero. I calls me to evaluate the idols of self-importance and busyness that I’ve created. It reminds me of my place as worker, not master builder. I hope it will bless you as much as it has blessed me today.

Prophets of a Future Not Our Own

It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
It is beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
Of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete,
Which is another way of saying that
The Kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about:
We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
Knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete,
But it is a beginning,
A step along the way,
An opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results,
But that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders,
ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.
Amen.

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