Jesus was very clear, from his example and his words, that serving the Kingdom of God means more than just preaching. Through his example and through his teaching, he challenges us not just to talk about our faith, but to put it into action by caring for the poor, the sick and those suffering from injustice.
It is not enough for the church to preach the good news of the gospel in the hope that people will come to hear it. Jesus wants us to go out into our towns, cities and villages, declaring the good news and to ‘be good news’. Most of the disciples had little education – they included fishermen and labourers. Jesus did not train experts in understanding people’s problems. He trained ordinary people of faith to continue his work – people who long for the Kingdom of God to come on this earth. Jesus inspired the disciples by his teaching and example and then sent them out to share the good news without their own food, money or equipment. In the same way today, ordinary Christians can share that same inspiration and go out to transform their communities.