Can You Imagine It?
By: Danny Wallace
Can you imagine a world where critics are no more and encouragers cover the earth with words of hope, vision, and love? Or, what about living just one day where all people “agree to disagree,” walking in nothing but love and respect for one another? Most likely that day would yield such miracles we would never need to fear going back to days of living with anything less.
I long to wake up one morning where not a single person is pretending to speak on behalf of God. A world where no one is telling you what God is thinking, or what God is about to do, or who God likes, and in whom He is very disappointed. Imagine a world where such pretenses are gone and the only words we hear repeated in the name of Christianity or religion are simply the words of love and “life” spoken by Jesus. We would live in a world void of confusion as to why God spoke to a million different people and told them to tell America and the world a million conflicting things. God didn’t – we did.
What if we woke up one morning and there remained no one on the earth who was selling their version of how to find favor with God? That would be like a free vacation in the Bahamas! What would it be like to wake up in the perfect peace of knowing “all” people are precious and completely showered in the favor of God? Understanding that all people are highly favored by the gift of God’s Son, and never by our performance.
We would know this glorious truth because the only words being spoken by every Christian would be the repeated words of Jesus. All theories and false representations as to what God is thinking, or what He is about to do if we don’t get our act together have passed away. I can tell you with all honesty, “That’s as close to Heaven on earth as it could get for me!” It is almost beyond imagination.
It is easy to see how all people could be seen as treasures if the only words repeated across the earth regarding Heaven, earth, life, and eternity are the love-filled words of Jesus. For most Christians it is just a far-fetched dream. We all know that this is not what man, and his religion are about. This is not the agenda of modern-day Christianity. In the message we preach, Jesus is cool – He died for us, but we’ll take it from here.
That’s our message. I get that. I can even appreciate why we do it. After all, we are free indeed, therefore, people can decide for themselves what their message will be. We either declare a message that is continually changing, adding more rules and regulations as it goes, or we are lifting high the finished message of Jesus. One confuses – the other sets the captives free. Can you imagine it?