What if?

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, November 06, 2018

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52

What if the celestial trumpet was to sound and the rapture takes place. Would you be caught with the Lord? What if you were to lose your job or your home, would you trust God to provide for all your needs? What if you were battling a major illness; would you have faith in God to heal you? What if your reputation is slandered and your name is dragged through the mud; would you be able to forgive? What if Hurricane Florence or Michael came into your neighborhood and you lost everything you owned?

There are many “what if” scenarios that can happen to us at any given moment. The only guarantee we have is that “if we confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, we shall be saved” (Romans 10:9). Jesus gives us eternal assurance against the “what ifs” of life. Everything else is an unknown which we may not be able to control.

We should not take any second for granted. We spend every day on a precipice of a possible disaster. It is because of God’s goodness the vicissitudes of life do not consume us. When we leave our homes, we don’t know if we will return. Therefore we have to pray before we head out and make sure we are ready to meet our maker.

Many people are victims of their environment. They grew up in dysfunctional families. Some were abused while others were coerced into developing unhealthy habits and practices that compelled them to develop destructive addictions. Before we condemn someone for the things they do and the way they live, we have to pray for their deliverance and show grace. And we should think “what if” it was us battling the same demons, what would we want from others.

Anti-immigration supporters should wonder “what if” they were economically and politically repressed, would they not want to be welcome in “the land of the free and the home of the brave?” People that support the racist agenda of the Alt-Right should wonder “what if” our race was in the minority.

Jesus taught us to think about the “what ifs” of life. In Luke 6:31 he said “Do to others as you would have them do to you? In Matthew 25 he exhorts us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and visit those in prison. Why? If that were us, we would not want to be forgotten.

What if today is your last day on earth? Are there people you need to forgive? Have you put your affairs in order? What if God is calling you to be a blessing to someone in need? What if you are the one who can help save a marriage, or help someone who is struggling with an addiction, or help someone get a job, or help bring unity in your community? What if you are the one God is calling to build bridges between people of different races or socio-economic status? What if God is calling you to be a missionary or go into full-time ministry?

I woke up this morning thinking: “what if” I couldn’t use my legs or hands or couldn’t see or couldn’t talk? What if I was battling stage 4 cancer with no medical insurance? What if I was unemployed or homeless? I’m grateful to God that I’m not struggling with any of these things. However, for those who are dealing with any of them, I pray that God will use me to be a blessing to them in some way. So if you have the opportunity to be a blessing, don’t hesitate and do it with joy, because you could have been the one in their predicament.

Prayer- Father, I pray for those that are struggling with a life issue. May you give them strength to endure, and may you use people like us to bless them with acts of kindness.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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