Read this on Terry Virgo's blog feed;
"Today God would say, ‘It is too small a thing for you to give yourself only to the restoration of the church in your small corner of the world. I call you to be a light to the nations, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth. Don’t be so preoccupied with the 10% when the 90% outside need to hear my word'".
I love the balance that Terry brings - he by no means is saying the church is perfect and restoration has been "done".
"Doubtless many aspects of New Testament church life still need to be recovered, but don’t grow stagnant and inward-looking, forgetting God’s great plan to reach all the families of the earth. It’s too small a thing to concentrate exclusively on restoring your little patch when God wants to lift your head, show you the harvest field, and send you to dying sinners with his glorious message of salvation".
And the ultimate truth that must never be forgotten or at our peril:
"Jesus isn’t just head over the church, be it local or universal. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’ (Matt. 28:18). He’s head over all things (Eph. 1:10). He’s ruling as king over every nation at this very minute".
What about us? Are we and our churches so proud of the sole missionary you have sent to Africa? Are we so proud that you give generously to a seminary that trains pastors in wealthy suburbia? If we are neglecting the homeless Big Issue seller you pass on your way to work or neglecting the shivering prostitute smoking on the street corner or neglecting the gay Mardi Gras marchers you tut at privately - then you are not believing that Jesus Christ is head over ALL and are certainly not fulfilling the commission we have been given.