Goodness in Action
Far too many Christians have made the mistake of limiting the gospel of the kingdom to “spiritual” matters. Yes, we are primarily spiritual beings, but God put us in a very physical world, demonstrated his power in healing people and multiplying food, gave us a tangible mission to follow, and promised us a bodily resurrection.
If our mission were invisibly spiritual, the prophets never would have addressed issues like injustice, broken-heartedness, poverty, and disease. Life in God’s kingdom is real, concrete, and practical.
That’s why James emphasized the actions of faith (James 2:15-16). Good theology is important, but it’s not a picture of the kingdom. Practical kindness is. So is provision for those in need. That’s because the kingdom is more than words; it’s a manifestation of the goodness of God. And because his goodness is comprehensive, we have every right—even the responsibility—to apply it to every area of life.