Manifesting a “city built on a hill”
Bringing light, love, joy, peace, and truth is not a new task for the people of God. The scriptures are of inestimable worth in discerning both what has and what has not worked well in our attempts at creating a shining “city built on a hill” (Matt. 5:14). Forming and manifesting the kingdom of God in and through his people has always been at the heart of what God expects his children to achieve as a gift to the broader world. It is the people of God, wherever and whomever they may be, who have the task of exemplifying confidence in the nature of God and his ways. According to Jesus’s understanding, this is what a witness must be able to faithfully embody. Witnesses “are” much more than they “do.” The task for those who are disciples of Jesus is to prayerfully consider what our unique context requires and then provide testimonials to specific circumstances of how God’s loving, powerful, and grace-filled ways may be best manifested in and to our world. This is the essence of Christlike leadership.
From The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth. Copyright © 2014 by Dallas Willard amd Gary Black Jr. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
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