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Can You Imagine?


Can you imagine....


....A world that runs smoothly without chaos, war and trouble?

Take a cue from any child whose imagination can create an ideal world.  Come, let us look for it.....


What an extra-ordinary world we live in!  I am amazed when I think about all the talent and gifts, knowledge and expertise that our world is made of.  There are things common to some people that I can’t even fathom, and I will never be able to understand some things that others just take for granted.


This makes me realize that it is all part of the “Great Design” that God did.  No one—no matter how intelligent—could come up with a system that runs our world, but God.  The complexity of it is mind-boggling.  I won’t even go into creation of the world, which in and of itself screams “Made by God.”  “…The Heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).  I just want to address the abilities of the creature on the earth called man (and woman).


Our talents are God-given as He saw fit to endow us with abilities and placed the desire in our hearts to pursue excellence in those areas that He planned for us.  They are implanted in us and motivated by the Holy Ghost with a “push” to steer us in the right direction. Look at how God gave abilities to His people to build the tabernacle that Moses had been given the pattern for.  “According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make” (Exodus 25:9).  “And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle” (Exodus 36:8).  Not only did God give Moses the pattern, He gave the people wisdom and creative abilities to complete the work.


The same impetus that pushes us to excel for the Kingdom of God is to be used in our daily lives to excel in our occupations, positions and pleasures.  The body consists of all its different parts for a reason—To be complete and complementing to all the other parts.  All components are necessary for the body to be fully functional.  God made the world like that; He put it in the hearts of mankind He created to seek knowledge and wisdom in their creative fields to use that knowledge wisely to equip and prepare them for the various jobs the world needed to function properly. 


Look at all the accomplishments of the talent around us; observe the expertise with which those who have exercised their abilities, sought knowledge and experience to excel.  We have put humans on the moon, learned how to fight vicious diseases, created the ability to be in touch with others around the world instantly through the internet; and the list goes on and on.  Is it all accidental or happenstance, merely a product of man’s curiosity and immense imagination?  Not at all!  God had it all planned before He created the world, before He breathed life into Adam.  When viewing His creation, He ”saw that it was good” (Genesis 1).


What happened?  Where is the “goodness” God created?  We have just one big problem which is responsible for all the others:  Man’s failure to acknowledge that what God had in mind was for all of these wonderful things on earth to honor Him, to display His glory---They were all created for His pleasure and for our good.


“For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 4:15).

 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11).

“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighteth in his way” (Psalm 37:23). 


Unfortunately, man decided that he wanted to walk in the steps he ordered rather than the ones God ordered.  Perfection was compromised in Eden and from that moment on deterioration set in.  God’s plan for the earth was rejected by man, but His incomprehensible love for the man He created put in motion His plan for restoration of fallen man through Jesus Christ.


Now, would you come with me to the Land of Imagination which can become reality in our lives.   Can you imagine---


--The Kingdom of God as He intended—

Imagine the productivity of the Kingdom of God if all men pursued excellence in their field of expertise (God-given ability), using it only for the glory of God and the benefit of mankind; everyone using their gifts and talents faithfully and diligently fulfilling their obligations and responsibilities to God and man, and doing so without envy or malice.


“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).


Some things that come to mind:

Hollywood, television and other media, where trends and ideas seem to be the norm to guide others’ lifestyles and morals.  Imagine that every producer would only consider film themes that would honor God and benefit man; actors and actresses would only accept roles that were morally good and upright; sponsors would only pay for advertising to promote media that honored God.


Sports and athletic events which appear to grab and hold the attention of young and old alike.  Imagine sports with no drugs, gambling and cheating; where coaches and team owners demand moral living of their players -- and themselves; where again advertisers and promoters would not take part in any schemes to take advantage of anyone nor place ads that would not be approved by God.  Imagine coaches who sincerely sought God’s advice on how to make godly young men and women of those in his charge.  Imagine advertisers and promoters refusing to endorse anything that would cause the health and morals of their patrons to be lowered.


Medical science which can improve, enhance and extend our lives as they discover more and better ways for us to live, but sometimes use deadly experimental practices.  Imagine the medical scientist peering into a microscope and seeing something that has always been there but he just couldn’t see it, something that would wipe out plagues and diseases.  It didn’t just suddenly appear; it was always there, waiting to be revealed as God inspired the researchers.


Industry and commerce which improves our lives but also takes us for a ride sometimes by overcharging us and overrating themselves.  Imagine buildings that are not only convenient but 100% safe to live and work in.  They would be safe because they were built according to the blueprints God inspired the engineers to produce.  (Remember the blueprint God gave Moses?)  Imagine being able to believe every advertisement that proclaims the product’s use will benefit us and be priced reasonably, because the ad writers were inspired by God to be truthful about the products and services which were produced according to standards approved by God.  Imagine corporate leaders who have impeccable integrity as they wisely invest our money, never taking advantage for themselves but looking out for the welfare of mankind and honoring God; because they first consulted Him.


Government and politicians with the power and authority to make life wonderful or miserable for us.  Imagine those in power, governing at all levels, doing as Solomon and seeking God’s wisdom for making right and good judgments for the benefit of those they govern and judge.  Imagine there being absolutely no corrupt judges, and politicians kept all their campaign promises; because they didn’t promise anything they didn’t actually intend to keep; and they only made promises based on what would honor God.


Friends and family.  Imagine never having to doubt the loyalty of a friend, one you could bare your heart to and know they would guard it with their lives.  Imagine husbands and wives faithfully keeping "till death do us part," and each partner knowing they would never have to doubt their spouse.  Imagine parents who asked God what was best for their family and always did that.  Imagine siblings and other relatives who looked out for your welfare above their own.  Imagine there being no “generation gaps.”


As you can see, this list would be endless.   Have you given thought that that is the kind of world God intended, the original perfect “good” world?  God created the world to be a place of peace, safety and beauty for the man He created.  Remember, all Adam had to do was “dress” the Garden of Eden.  The thorns and “sweat-of-the-brow” grooming didn’t begin until after man rejected God’s plan and instituted his own, ignoring God’s instructions and giving ear to the deceiver, Satan.


If this seems to be ‘pie-in-the sky’ thinking, consider this: 

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Did you get that?  The WHOLE DUTY of man—spiritual, secular, personal and corporate.  The summation of the matter is that man is to “fear God and keep His commandments.”  If man did that, the imaginations mentioned here and all other matters pertaining to mankind would be realities!  God’s pleasure would be complete as He observed His creation doing everything in His name.

“And whatsoever, ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him”  (Colossians 3:17).


The facts of life now are that man has gone his own way, done his own thing and failed from the beginning to walk in the steps ordered by the Lord.   That thought is discouraging and depressive, and admittedly we will not see that kind of existence imagined here until Jesus comes back and makes all things right, but do you know what?  We CAN make a difference where we live here and now.


Just because Hollywood and other media promote immorality; just because the sports and athletic world often uncovers its own corruption; just because some scientists are atheists (not all are!!) and will not accept the fact that God would enlighten them to the truths they seek; just because some in medical science think they alone can discover all they need to know in their field; just because industry needs constant surveillance to keep them from being dishonest and taking advantage of us; just because we can’t always depend on our government to look out for our best welfare and we cannot always trust our closest friend and family members: and just because of anything else not mentioned here that you can imagine that has failed to honor God and work for the good and benefit of mankind—None of these means WE have to live that way!

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

This is “Deloresese” but I think it makes good sense:  “God honors those who honor Him.”  You may not find it exactly worded like that in the KJV, but you sure will find its principles scattered from Genesis to Revelation.  True, we will not have the kind of world that God created and intended for us to live in because of man’s failure; but we have a hope!  We know that if we will live by these principles put forth in God’s Word, here and now, we will be blessed now and have the promise to live with Him in His Kingdom when He comes back to set everything straight and in order.  Let’s begin to practice living according to the inspiration of God, making every decision one that He can bless now; and when He comes back, we will be ready to live in that “New World" !!

“It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).

You see, these “principles-to-live-by” (which include the Ten Commandments and all of God’s instructions in His Word) can make for us a little “Heaven on Earth.”  There are just not enough descriptive words to tell about the peace of God we have when we live with a clear conscience before God and fellowman.  Paul called it a “peace which passeth all understanding” which is why it defies description.


“So my counsel is:  Don’t worry about things—food, drink and clothes.  For you already have life and a body—and they are far more important than what to eat and wear.  Look at the birds!  They don’t worry about what to eat—they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food—for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And you are far more valuable to him than they are” (Matthew 6:25, 26 LB).


What more proof do we need that God cares for us and wants to guide our lives—every facet of them, no exception; He wants to walk and talk with us, daily—as we walk in the steps He ordered.  This is the formula for excellence.


 Take a moment to read Deuteronomy 28: 1-13 to review what God’s reaction is toward those who live according to His plan.


Can you imagine?  Don’t just imagine living to please God and loving your neighbor as yourself.  Make it a reality.  It starts with me – and you.  Don’t wait for someone else to initiate it.  Begin now to consult God for everything you do.  He is interested in the smallest affair of your life and how it relates to others.  He wants to renew our minds to be sensitized to great discoveries in every area of our lives, lived in excellence.


It has to start somewhere; it might as well begin with me!


“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause; yea, let them say continually, ‘Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant’ ” (Psalm 35:27).


Let this new year just beginning be the year of the turn-around—toward God and His Kingdom.  Let it be a year that relationships are restored, moralities improve among Christians; and imagine what good we can do to make life better here and now for ourselves and others.  Let the world see us as children of the Most High God with impeccable morals, clear consciences and excellent lifestyles.

Sure we can! – with God’s help.




Happy New Year!








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