Revelation 20:1-6 (4)

Normally when we think of reigning we visualize ourselves as being a ruler over others.  On the other hand, in the Garden of Eden God made Adam and Eve the rulers over all on the Earth.  They were the stewards of all living things for the well-being of the planet. (Gen 1:27-28) This would then mean that we will be restored to our original position as rulers and stewards in God’s world.  Reigning with Christ is not about power, possessions, authority and personal honor.

Bart Millard as a boy was violently abused by his father.  The disillusioned man took out his rage on Bart’s dream of a career in music.  Bart finally left home a broken young man.  Later, Bart’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  In his sickness he asked God to save him.  His transformation was amazing and Bart forgave him.  Bart said,   “He was a monster. Now he is my best friend, a man I want to be like.”  Just before he died, his father gave Bart his life’s savings and told him to pursue his dream.   It was not long after this that Bart wrote the Christian song that  has inspired so many people.  “I can only imagine.” 

The reign of Christ can only be imagined.  Galatians 5:22-23 is probably our closest explanation.  It  is a time of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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