I remember a time when my vision for Christianity was for everyone to become saved. It was a good vision.
Then my vision increased. I started dreaming of people becoming saved and becoming dedicated disciples. It was a very good vision.
My vision is increasing again. I am dreaming of people being complete. Absolutely, 100% complete in every way. An outrageous vision. So outrageous it is probably lunacy.
Completeness definition: “the state of being complete and entire; having everything that is needed”
This dream started with two verses.
The Apostle Paul said in 1 Thess 5:23 (NASB), “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. ”
The Apostle James said in James 1:2-4 (NASB) “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.“
Could it be possible for people’s bodies to be disease free with no sickness, no mutilations, no frailty?
Could it be possible for people’s souls to be emotionally pain free, no torments, no addictions, restful, and healed from bad memories, with a bright outlook on the future?
Could it be possible for our human spirit to be at peace and have true communion with the Holy Spirit?
Paul and James asked for it. It’s obvious there vision was bigger than mine.
Have I dumbed down my vision of Christianity and it’s power for the world? I am thinking I have.
So I am going to start asking for it for myself, my family, and my fellow church friends. I am going to start seeking the Lord on what are His ideas for fulfilling His vision of completeness for the world.
Think what the church could offer the world if we could offer completeness in addition to salvation?
As we start the New Year do you think this vision is lunacy?
Yes, Craig, it is total and compelete lunacy…you lunatic, you! But God calls us a peculiar people, set apart, completely insane for Him. May this new year bring all who hunger after the Prince of Peace His SHALOM…complete, lacking nothing.
The more absurd the idea, the better I like it…
Why else would a woman my age accept a proposal of marriage on Christmas Day? God’s birthday gift to Jesus through me. Why not?
Here’s a thought ya’ll may like: Jesus is called the Way, not the destination….hum!
This goes right along with what I’ve been meditating on for the last weeks of 2010 – that we’re living SO FAR beneath our potential. We’re absolutely on the same page.
VERY good thought Craig. That is one that could take a while to just meditate on. I have often thought of all the Christian courses, classes, and programs that I have gone through to only find “Wow” something is really truly missing here. I too have read the Bible and wondered why I myself seem to come up far lacking in what the true Christian walk is and can be. The potential of what we can be and do really makes me stop and think. You know all that didn’t really amount to as much as I thought. There is an ancient Chinese proverb attributed to Lao-Tzu that loosely translates to “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” When I read your thoughts on this I realize that the journey actually begins even before the first step. It begins in the thought of I need to take that first step. I have to admit here I stand after all these years and saying. Hmmm first step.