Liz Truss ‘I will deliver’ But…

28 Apr 2022 | Christ-likeness | 1 comment

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 a way of saying

That the kingdom always lies beyond us:

No statement says all that can be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings perfection.

No pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No programme accomplishes the church’s mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about:

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water the seeds already planted,

Knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising 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 the Lord’s great grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results,

But that is the difference between being the master builder and the worker:

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

We are prophets of a future not our own.


Ken Untener (1937-2004), 1979.


Notes from the Compiler

Psalm 107:6-7, 'Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; he led them by a straight way.'

1 Comment

  1. This reminds me of Job and as in Job I was really encouraged by what came after the ‘but’


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