Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

God can do immeasurably more than we can imagine. Should we therefore stop imagining? I don’t think so. The challenge is ours to be inspired and imagine what could be if we leave God in the equation of life, life on Earth that is. Departmentalizing is a human thing. We put God in Heaven and we leave things on Earth up to us, humans. And where does this leave us? Stranded is one way to put it.

John Lennon put his imagination to work, and this is what he came up with:

“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today”

Controversial lyrics – especially for people who believe that heaven and hell are real places – however I believe that John Lennon’s imaginations have a method to the madness, and here it is: As long as we live on planet Earth we have the power to make the world a better place or to turn it into a hellhole. The choice is ours.

I think one of the worst things we can do is to check out. There is no better hope than the hope for a better tomorrow, and we actively contribute to a better tomorrow with our lives today – yours and mine. If we care about people and if we don’t care about boundaries, then we literally contribute to Heaven on Earth. Do you think God is opposed to that?

God’s hopes and plans for this world blows our wildest imagination. He has good plans, plans of freedom and beauty, plans of coming together from a variety of angles and experiences, plans of discoveries and learning something new every day, plans of being there for one another as opposed to be there just for me, myself and I. We don’t have to wait for heaven to see freedom and beauty; we can live like this right now. As a matter of fact, God endorsed this kind of lifestyle when He sent Jesus with His healing touch. God is famous for making things whole. His tender heart puts our broken pieces together.

This goes to show that while God is in Heaven, He is also right here with us. He is not otherworldly; He created every world there is, and He is particularly interested in the world we live in. I think there is nothing wrong imagining that this universe is all there is, because when God created the world, He entrusted this world into our care, and caring we should!

Let us never give up dreaming – God never does. Let us never give up on people – God hasn’t. Let us never withdraw into our own little world of exclusivity and leave most of the world standing in the rain. Jesus never did that.

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