What if I had made it to the Ultimate Frisbee pros? What if I hadn’t met my wife? What if God answered all our prayers? We all have “What if?” questions in our lives. I want to ask you a few of them that have been bothering me over the past few weeks.
What if, Christians lived by the commandment that Jesus gave us, 'Love your neighbor as yourself'? (Mark 12:31) What would our churches look like? Would there be less poverty? Less hatred? More Christians? More people in love with God’s Church? What would this look like in our lives? This idea is almost foreign to us today. We are always looking out for number one, me. We are told that if it doesn’t help us or benefit us, then we don’t need to do it. Using this logic, why would Jesus have ever gone to the cross? Why would any of the disciples have ever gone through the hardships that they endured? What if all Christians followed this one verse? What if we focused more on loving the other person and a little less on putting ourselves first?
What if, we lived by the verse, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?’” (Matthew 7:3-4). Would there be as much criticism? Would there be any jealousy? Would there be as much anger? I believe that Christians would have more trust, would give people the benefit of the doubt, and have more sympathy. We would focus more on our own shortcomings rather than comparing ourselves to others.
So, what if? What can you do this week to work on one of these “What if?” questions? What’s your first step? How can you start in the right direction right now?
Pastor Levi's thoughts on Christianity and Christians. I will try to update this every Monday.