Rules are made to be broken – that’s one way to describe the human experience.
To counteract lawlessness we designed more and more rules and regulations. Our advancements in technology have linked us globally like never before. We can communicate with countries on the other side of the world in a moment’s notice. We even communicate into space (in case an alien life form detects our life form). Still, regardless of all our glorious achievements the world is still erupting in ongoing wars. At the time of this writing, there are 10 official wars and 8 active military conflicts recognized by the United States. There are also other violent conflicts involving 64 countries and 576 militias and separatist groups. Despite our progress we’ve not been able to stop the war machine. Ever wondered why?
I believe one of the answers is that rules don’t change people. Change is really God’s business. God has mapped out a peaceful society for the future. That society will not be based on rules but will be rooted in the Messiah. The deeper meaning of His title “Prince of Peace” is the fact that He is able to put an end to any kind of war – war between countries, war between people, even war between animal species.
No more killing, no more violence! “This is Utopia” we may say. Surprisingly, Utopia is already in the making – in the human heart, that is. When asked, Jesus always talked about the kingdom of God in terms of small beginnings that would grow into something greater, like a little mustard seed becoming a tree; yeast permeating the dough. The mustard seed has already been planted and the yeast of the gospel is currently permeating human societies all around the globe. The mustard seed of faith is planted inside of us when we hear and accept what the Holy Spirit has to say. On a personal level, my experience with God’s voice is a daily progressive conversation revealing bit by bit who He is.
Like a mustard seed, the tree of understanding grows. The tree growing from God’s seed is not the tree of knowledge – we already ate from that tree, and knowledge has not brought about world peace – the tree coming from God’s seed is the tree of understanding, which binds us together and makes us one.