The Key to Being Relevant

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There is a lot of discussion today about being relevant.  Everyone wants his or her life to count for something beyond the mundane and in the midst of the mundane.  Is there a key to being relevant?  An Elder Statesman in the Kingdom of God provides the answer.

E. Stanley Jones

The late E. Stanley Jones understood the Kingdom of God the way few others have.  It was the backdrop of everything his exceedingly relevant life stood for.  In his timeless book The Unshakable Kingdom and the Unchanging Person he makes the following statement.

“If the kingdom of God is missing in the magnificent and in the minute, then the key to meaning, goal, life-redemption, and life-fulfillment is missing.  Life turns meaningless and sick, becomes a problem instead of a possibility.  But if you have the key of the Kingdom, you find it a master-key, the key to relevancy in every situation.  If you know the Kingdom by experience then you know what to do in every situation — do the kingdom-thing and you are relevant and you are attached to the relevant and you do the relevant thing.  You are at the center of relevancy.

“So for the Church to be relevant the answer is simple:  Discover the Kingdom, surrender to the Kingdom, make the Kingdom your life loyalty and your life program; then in everything and everywhere you will be relevant.  For the kingdom of God is relevancy — ultimate and final relevancy and if you have it, and it has you, then you are relevancy itself.” [1]

Now You Have the Key

Want to be relevant everywhere you go in this day and age?  Now you have the key.  Being relevant comes only from living in the Reign.

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[1] E. Stanley Jones, The Unshakable Kingdom and the Unchanging Person, (Bellingham, McNett Press, 1995), 19

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