Jesus says that when all these big things happen, the kingdom is near. But the implication is that until this happens things will probably continue on along the kingdom trajectory suggested by the bulk of Jesus’ ministry. We are to continue to witness to Christ and to his kingdom in ways that keep an eye out for the downtrodden, the poor, the marginalized. As we do so, we may well continue to work largely in obscurity, even as Jesus did. Over the long haul, that can get a little discouraging. Jesus knows this, so he warns us not to give ourselves over to dissipation and the like. The kingdom is going to make all the difference in the world. But it may be a while. Meanwhile faithfulness is called for and gospel “success” is defined by all those times we notice the little people, the down-and-outers, the sick and marginalized and proclaim to them Good News.
- Scott Hoezee – Calvin Seminary