Yes, Jesus could turn stones into bread and make sure no one was ever hungry again. But then we’d still live in a world where people had too much food and no reason to share with those who had nothing.
Jesus could heal every disease and remove sickness from the world. But we would still live in a world where people cared more about themselves than about the needs of others.
Jesus could step in and prevent every car accident and rescue every innocent child from hit-and-run drivers. But we would still live in a world where people cared nothing about the safety of others, took foolish chances with their lives, and abused alcohol.
Jesus could guide every bullet so that it always missed taking an innocent life. He could turn our guns into candy canes if He wanted to. But we would still live in a world where people wanted to kill each other.
Jesus has the ability to change things and circumstances, but what really needs changing is people and their hearts.
Now, if we would simply follow Him and listen to what He says and put His words into practice, we’ll see that He’s really telling us the truth:
God, help those of us who are called by your Name to really believe in your amazing love. Help us to receive your love. Help us to live and breathe and move and give and share out of this endless stream of living water that you pour into us – and through us – to a hurting world so in need of your refreshing love.
Keith Giles is the author of several books, including “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb”. He is also the co-host of the Heretic Happy Hour Podcast on iTunes and Podbean. He and his wife live in Orange, CA with their two sons.
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