Sunday, December 3, 2006

You me and everyone we know

Consider these:

To God "one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day." (2 Pet 3:8) and "love one another as yourself" (Romans 13:8-10) and "As you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40).

What if these clues show God can time travel, but what's more we are all the same being. You and I are the same person, just taking different trips through the present. You know the old idea of a time traveller going back in time and meeting himself. well what if when going back you were a different person each time.

I don't propose that this is actually how things work, but it makes a great what-if. Now that really adds new meaning to "love your neighbor as yourself" because that "neighbor" may very well BE your own self, taking a different trip through the present. So next time you see one of your other selves in need, stop, pitch in, help out. You want, even expect, your other selves to help you out if it was you stuck in a jam, right?

And don't be afraid to share the gospel with your other self either. They may not have heard it yet. There is really no reason to be afraid of your own self now is there. You would want to have the gospel shared to you, if you had not gotten that chance yet, right?

Play with the idea a bit, it helps conceptualize how far we should be willing to go. When to lend a hand and when to use "tough love".

Then realize that through Christ we are all one body. Not through time travel, but by God's circle of love that draws us all within. I still like thinking of it using the time travel analogy; it really gives you a clear perspective of things.