Jesus isn’t dead. It’s time for Christians to quit acting like He is. I have a dream today that Christ followers will wake up and become much more than divided religious institutions called churches. I dream that we will become God’s “beautiful symphony of brotherhood” clearly reflecting the glory of the risen Jesus in all places and situations.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” That will happen when the body of Christ wakes up and begins to follow the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.
I have a dream today of a world-wide revival of Spirit-led Christianity! Revival doesn’t rely on programs; religion does. I have a dream that church will become a Spirit-led Jesus-experience! Being Spirit-led isn’t weird; it’s Christianity! See Romans 8:14.
I believe that “the fierce urgency of now” cries out for the body of Christ to cease from operating under the control of institutionalism and to come under the direct authority of its rightful Head — the living, resurrected Jesus Christ! I have a dream that Christ-followers will begin to gather to experience an in-breaking of God’s government (His kingdom) as they listen together to the risen Christ and then awakening to His inner voice (Christ in you), courageously say and do what King Jesus tells them to.
I have a dream today that one day Christians will meet to interact with the risen Jesus like He’s truly alive — that people won’t just hear lectures about Jesus but will actually experience Him. Depending on a one-man preacher every week prevents the members of the body of Christ from functioning together as led by God’s Spirit.
I have a dream that members of the body of Christ will know they are free to be led by the Spirit instead of by religious programs. I have a dream that Christians will move beyond the fantasy-faith-wall and begin to trust in and rely on the living Jesus instead of on our religious programs.
I have a dream that one day Christians will meet as the body of Christ and not as a one-man show. The body of Christ needs to be more than the same person speaking every week.
I have a dream that one day Christians will gather to personally encounter and obey the living Jesus, not just to hear a sermon. It does little good to say Jesus is alive and present if we act like He’s dead and gone.
I have a dream that one day churches will give Jesus the mic and let Him prompt people to speak as He directs them. I dream that the love of Jesus will freely flow from our hearts unhindered by institutionalism and that our childish fear, anger, and divisiveness will cease. I’m never giving up on the dream God’s given me!
I have a dream today that Christians will stop listening to preachers and leaders who are saying listen to me and start listening to those who are saying listen to Jesus. “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!”