“This is God’s universe, and He is doing things His way. You may think you have a better way, but you don’t have a universe.” J. Vernon McGee
So often we want to do things our way. Afterall, we know what we want, where we want to be, and what we want to accomplish in life. We are fairly intelligent and believe we are quite capable of making wise decisions to move us towards our goals in life. So, much of life can be lived without any thought of God – as if He lives in His universe and we live in ours. Once in a while we acknowledge that we need Him and seriously want the two universes – His and ours – to collide so that we can have His help. But, most days we can live fairly well without His intervention. He does things His way and we do things our way – as if we actually have a universe of our own. But we don’t!
When we live like that we are living like Christian athiests. We believe in God and understand that we belong to Him but we live our lives as if He did not exist. Because of this, I believe, we live far below our potential as believers and disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. As a result we don’t fulfill His call on our lives nor even touch His plan and purpose for us. We live as if we are in a parallel universe to His and He has no place in our universe unless we hit hard times and need help. In other words, He can enter our private universe only when we ask Him to.
I believe that God is calling His people to leave their private little world wth their non-biblical little “god” and move into His universe and become involved in what He is actively doing today. Instead of praying our will – come to know and become involved in His will for our lives. Instead of doing our thing we should repent and become actively engaged in His thing. Instead of being satisfied with the church that man is building – we should become involved in the Church that Jesus is building. And, it looks a lot different than the one most believers attend today. The church that man has built exists in man’s universe … the Church that Jesus is building is part of God’s universe.
It is time to wake up and recognize that we are living in a man-made, make-believe universe with a powerless and irrelevant ‘church of man’ that may be serving us and meeting our needs fairly well. But, it is simply not the Church that Jesus is building. He is calling us to “come on over” and have a look at what He is doing – recognizing the season we are in and responding to the call that is on every true believer’s heart.
Time to shut down your universe and engage with God in His … regardless of the cost and level of commitment demanded by The Lord of this universe. Have a look at your life and your church and decide for yourself which universe you are living life in. You many be surprised to find out you are simply doing your own thing on your own planet. You will be surprised what life will be like should you choose o live in the real world – and live in His universe… His Kingdom.