Our commission is to bring heaven’s life, heaven's order, heaven's hope, through our very decaying bodies and into this decaying world.
We are called as gardeners to make the land fruitful for our neighbours as for ourselves. This is no rear guard action. We are not holding out long enough so we can slip into eternity. Rather every generation has previously passed on to the next a more established kingdom of God on earth.
And we get to do the same for those we train.