It will take a radical change of paradigm for us to achieve “Commonwealth”. Our greatest barrier is our own culture.
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast!” is a famous quote from legendary management consultant and writer Peter Drucker and made famous by Mark Fields, President at Ford.
Individualism is an entrenched culture. It is the reason there is a struggle with resource availability. Resources are available, but they are not “common”. They are in the grasp of individuals and organisations who do not see them nor treat them as commonwealth assets.
Rome raised and trained us to think about our own “wealth” rather than “commonwealth”.
“Naturally” we desire our own buildings for our own work and generate funds for our own staff overheads. We want to raise our own community, organisation, etc. with little or no plan to sharing resources and synergy relative to the big picture of the community and Christ’s objective.
I agree that we need to see our unique and special assignments and callings but not like rival companies in a related sector but rather as brothers and sisters of the same family, running the family business together or running departments of the same factory.
Personally, I don’t see how we can be prosperous as a people (collectively) if we continue to relate to resources, community and the Great Commission in disconnected ways.
For instance, if we were ever to find out what we have as a body in the nation, we are likely to use public sources. Our net worth is not known to us; neither is it leveraged by us in the Christian community.
So much more could be achieved if we changed the way we see and engage with one another and the Great Commission.
I like to think of the body of Christ as a Commonwealth of citizens and ambassadors, that function in communities; caring, sharing, serving one another and collaborating together to transform society. And, transform it we must; for the sake of the bigger picture – The Great Commission and the great community of Christ.
“…neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common… Nor was there anyone among them who lacked… “
Acts 4:32, 34.