What if…

What_ifI have a continual dream…it’s a dream for myself, the local church I pastor, and for the body of Christ in general. Here are some random thoughts rolling around in my head right now…

What if we actually decided to start believing God and everything He says about us?

What if we believed God when He says that our old life is gone, that we are now God’s beloved sons and daughters instead of “dirty sinners?”

What if we focused on our new nature in Christ instead of our old nature (that God seems to think was nailed to the Cross of Christ)?

What if we decided to focus on who we are instead of what we aren’t?

What if we were determined to only see each other according to who we are in Christ from now on? (2 Cor.5:16-17) That is, instead of according to what we see in the natural realm, responding out of our own fears or their past behavior, which is no different than how an atheist would see someone?

What if we decided that accountability was calling each other up to their prophetic potential instead of calling them out on their behavior? (Thank you, Graham Cooke)

What if we were more guided by the promises of God than by our disappointments?

What if we decided to focus on what God is doing instead of what He isn’t doing?

What if we were more God-conscious than sin-conscious?

What if we saw that God is always good and not the author of sin or bad things in the world?

What if we actually believed that, as Jesus is, so are we in this world? (1 Jn.4:17)

What if we defined “doing good” the way Jesus did…healing the sick and setting people free who are held in Satan’s captivity? (Acts 10:38)

What if we made it a priority to know God more than to study about Him?

What if we decided to let the Bible study us instead of us having Bible studies?

What if we spent more time learning how to open our hearts and grow in our capacity to receive love from God than spending time coming up with more principles so we can act like good Christians?

What if the Word of God was Spirit and life to us instead of a collection of inspirational quotes?

What if we decided that the fruit of the Spirit is much better than us trying to manage our behavior?

What if we lived out our lives in connection through love instead of out of separation through fear and distrust?

What if we loved ourselves the same way God loves us, then loved others the same way too?

What if we gave the same value to other people that God places on us?

What if we decided that, as important as doctrine is, it doesn’t trump our relationships with our dearest brothers and sisters in Christ?

What if we realized that walking in Truth was not the same thing is as having to be right?

What if we decided that being critical of each other, being judgmental, unforgiving, or being gossips and tearing each other down, was unacceptable behavior?

What if we decided that being positive about what God can and will do is better than being negative about what we see around us?

What if we stopped being so obsessed with our conspiracy theories, what’s wrong with the government, and waiting to vacate the planet, and started being about our Father’s Kingdom business on the earth?

What if we decided to grow up and stop our witch hunts, our demonizing other Christians, denominations, and ministries that we don’t agree with? (Eph.4:13-15)

What if we decided that being divisive was actually carnal and not discerning, and behaving like “mere humans” was actually not a good thing? (1 Cor.3:3; Rom.16:18-20)

What if we decided that the”accuser of the brethren” job is already taken and fighting for the wrong side?

What if we saw that spiritual warfare was mostly about not empowering Satan’s lies in our lives anymore? (2 Cor.10:3-5; Rom.12:2)

What if we actually decided that we have no flesh and blood enemies?

What if instead of being critical and competitive, we decided to create a culture of honor, respect and mutual devotion, living out of the overflow of the Father’s love?

What if we decided to love each other unconditionally, meaning we attached no conditions whatsoever to our love?

What if we decided that the only person we can control or change is ourselves?

What if we stopped blaming others for our behavior or our failures?

What if we all became powerful people and chose to treat others with honor and respect regardless of how they treat us?

What if Christians were known as the most loving, forgiving, gracious and generous people on the planet?

What if the local church became a safe place where people would be loved and accepted unconditionally, and where they could be healed and find freedom and hope?

What if instead of trying to make the world behave, we decided to show them the Father’s love?

What if our perspective and thinking about everything was from heaven to earth instead of from earth to heaven?

What if the church became the Father’s home on the earth as it is in heaven, instead of an orphanage where we act like He’s absent? (Eph.3:14-15)

My mind is reeling at the prospect. And this is just a start. Maybe you have some to add. But what a wonderful place that would be! Sounds a lot like heaven on earth. I actually think we might be fulfilling HIS dream for His Church. Selah.

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 36 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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7 Responses to What if…

  1. marklhen says:

    Those ‘what ifs’ sound like invitations to me… just sayin’ Here we goooooo!

  2. Let’s try! These “ideas” of yours sound exactly like the words of Jesus to His disciples. If we did these things, I believe that we the church would look and be acting like Jesus. He would be so happy if we all tried to live these out. Thanks Mel for your thoughts! I agree with every single one of them and I am so sure Jesus does too! 🙂

  3. Last night I visited an atheist’s blog to see what he had to say. His comments were on the futility of religion – faith in faith itself. I had to agree that much of what he said was accurate when viewing “Christians” (I use the word as loosely as the world does here) as a whole.

    It is my earnest prayer that this fellow meet ONE authentic, Bible-believing, passionate follower of Jesus Christ who can show him what a true disciple looks like.

    Meanwhile, Lord, help me to BE an authentic, Bible-believing (as opposed to agreeing that it’s a book with many great suggestions), passionate follower of Jesus Christ. Help me to walk in the light – to be salt and light.

    Great post. May we see more of God’s Kingdom here!

    \o/
    Praising Jesus who is my reason to live!

    • melwild says:

      Amen. That’s my prayer too. People were drawn to Jesus because they didn’t get religion with Him like with the Pharisees. They saw the Father’s heart and what God is actually like. They saw the reality of the Kingdom, not just a lot of talk. I think when atheists and other doubters see that in us, they may reconsider their views. At least they will have seen the real thing.

      Thanks for your comments. Blessings.

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