As mentioned before, Tim Rutledge did a great job speaking at NAYC 2009 on What If? To give you a better taste of that message let me relate to you a document posted by the Pentecostals of Alexandria sometime last year that I came across and saved. It provoked me then, Bro. Rutledge's message provoked me last week, and I want to keep thinking on it and being challenged by it. Hopefully it will challenge you as well.
Have you ever dared to wonder what if? Sometimes, when we think about the "what ifs" in our lives, we naturally lean toward regrets and missed opportunities, but considering "what ifs" doesn't have to be an exercise in the irrevocable past. "What if" can be the spark that ignites an entirely new way to live. In John 10:10 Jesus told the Pharisees that he has come that we might have a more abundant life. Isn't that what we all want? A more abundant life. Indeed, it has been promised to us, but do we have the courage to live our lives abundantly? And if so, where do we start? Why not start with considering possibilities? Why not start with a few "What Ifs?" What if we forgave first? Maybe we would have peace in our relationships and peace in our hearts. Matthew 6:14--For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: What if we tithed on our time? Maybe we would learn to live unselfishly and with meaning. Galatians 6:9--And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
What if we took a risk? Maybe we wouldn't have any regrets. David, Gideon, Abigail, Ruth, and the blind man who cried out for mercy--they had no regrets. What do you have to lose if God is in it? What if we became a touchable Christ to our neighbors? Maybe we would learn how to truly love our fellow man. Matthew--25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.
What if everything we wanted we already had? Maybe we wouldn't be constantly pressured to obtain more, but would lead lives of contentment. Hebrews 13:5--[Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
What if there was no such thing as worry? Maybe we aren't trusting God enough. Matthew 6:33-34--But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof. What if we became exactly what God wants us to become? Maybe all we need is a fresh start. 2 Corinthians 5:17--Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
What if we worshiped everyday? Maybe we would constantly feel His presence. Matthew 28:20--Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
What If . . . The possibilities are endless.