What if God is a lot bigger than we ever thought, and by that I mean deeper and wider and all-encompassing and all-connected? What if God is virtually everywhere, not just hovering over things, and closer than we ever imagined? What if God is so intimately connected with us that He is the matrix that is holding everything together? What if that’s what Paul meant when he wrote: “He is before all things, and in him all things consist” (Colossians 1:17). What if God is the missing part of everything? What if when Paul writes that there is “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all,” he actually means that He is over all and through all and in all?
What if, as Jesus said when riding on a donkey into Jerusalem, receiving the highest praise of the people crying “Hosanna,” and “glory to God in the highest,” and the Pharisees told Jesus to shut them up because they saw it as blasphemy, and Jesus said if he did, the rocks would cry out … what if that meant the rocks were somehow connected to God. After all, it is His universe.
What if God isn’t a Baptist God, or an evangelical God, or a Catholic God, or a Buddhist God, or a Muslim God, but God, over, through, and in all? Wouldn’t that change the paradigm? And what would that mean for things like respect for all people, as well as earth, sky and sea? What would that mean in regards to how we talk to people? What would that mean for loving our neighbors?
For most of my life, I’ve always thought that God was off somewhere. For as long I can remember, we’ve always had Him in heaven. “Our Father which art in heaven…” Yes, He sent Jesus, and Jesus came and left His Holy Spirit with us, and the Holy Spirit indwells all believers, but that’s only believers (and we all have different definitions of who they are), but that’s as close as He comes. He’s not in anybody else. God has to do with evangelical Christians, and nothing or no one else. (How arrogant is that?)
What if when Jesus broke out of the tomb, He claimed redemption for all things — a new creation of new life has ALREADY BEGUN and we are a part of it? Pretty exciting.
“Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven (Italics mine).” (Matthew 6:9-10)