by Timothy Keller at The Worldview Church
The original question I was asked to address was “How does our commitment to the primacy of the gospel tie into our obligation to do good to all, especially those of the household of faith, to serve as salt and light in the world, to do good to the city?” I will divide this question into two parts: (1) If we are committed to the primacy of the gospel, does the gospel itself serve as the basis and motivation for ministry to the poor? (2) If so, how then does that ministry relate to the proclamation of the gospel?
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I wonder if the folks who make up the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd have considered any of these points.
My Great Aunt Lucy died last week. She was my paternal grandfather’s sister. I didn’t know her very well, but like so many others, knew lots about her. Utterly indefatigable and incredibly focused was she in serving others, especially the least, last, and lost.
After a lifetime of working in various fields of education, and making innumerable contributions to civic life, she responded to God’s call in her life to ministry in the local church. (I believe she was in her 70s when she began Duke Divinity’s course of study.)
Her obituary lists accomplishment after accomplishment. The Florence newspaper even had a tribute on the front page of the morning paper to honor her. My father told me one of the pastors who spoke at her funeral related to the congregation that Aunt Lucy wasn’t concerned about impressing folks but rather, impacting them. She did that and then some.
What a blessing that I’m able to point to my Aunt Lucy as a beautiful example of God pouring out his grace in and through the life of an individual. Much like the woman working the yeast in the dough, she pursued her task until the yeast permeated all of it. This is how the Kingdom of God works in our world. What an incredible illustration Aunt Lucy was of Kingdom Discipleship.
Grace and Truth,