Some time ago I was engaged in an online discussion concerning Jesus’ purposes for coming to earth (there are many). I offered that I was fairly certain it’s not possible to separate and fully distinguish between those purposes — and that such a western mindset might not be helpful anyway. But if pushed to sum it all up, I supposed giving glory to God would top my list.
There was some disagreement, though, as others felt the salvation of man was Jesus’ chief priority. The discussion was intelligent and challenging, yet polite and Christlike. And then someone posted this:
It is this kind of “educational” pontificating that leaves the lost…LOST.
It is part of the reason the Church is shrinking in the US now. We spend too much time pontificating the mission and not enough time doing the mission.
Is it the “Overall” mission? WHO CARES…the lost still need Him!
Other than the insinuation that those of us involved in the discussion are not very involved in actually reaching out to the lost, I thought this comment was appropriate. There is an awful lot of time spent discussing and debating the word of God — not that this in itself is wrong. But there are certainly times when I myself ought to be doing… and am found only to be talking.