3rd October 2018

Imagine

“However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ — the things God has prepared for those who love him…”
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)

In 1971 John Lennon wrote and performed a solo entitled ‘Imagine’. It proved to be the best-selling single of his solo career, with lyrics encouraging the listener to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality—to consider the possibility that the whole of humanity would live unattached to material possessions. The single has continued in popularity, particularly at events of note such as the conclusion of the 2012 London Olympics.

Although the lyrics are wistful, contemplative and yearning, the desire is completely unattainable when one considers human nature. As with many idealists, the concept of sharing each other’s wealth sounds wonderful and completely philanthropic – until put into practice. Few wish to give their all for their fellow man, and unless everyone participates the methodology breaks down.

Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher wrote “It is not the man who has little, but he who desires more, that is poor.” We find in Ecclesiastes 5:10 the writer understood the nature of man: “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.”

Despite the altruistic imaginings of the song, man will eventually have to accept that humanity left to its own devices is incapable of achieving the ‘world living at one.’ To have peace and a world without borders, mankind will need the divine intervention of a Saviour who did not hesitate to give His all. Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, asks us not to imagine but to believe in a world where there will be peace and no borders. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” This is a world to believe in spoken of in Isaiah 40:29-31 (NLT): “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

When we believe in God’s promises our imaginations can run riot – praising God for the future He has planned for us. A world at one by the grace of God and no other.

Prayer
Loving Father, thank you for the rescue plan you have put in place through Jesus Christ your Son. By the power of your Holy Spirit help us to believe and look forward to your kingdom.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
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Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

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