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Only If I had it my way

by Walter Tsuro  
12/30/2009 / Christian Living

If I had it my way
All would be baptized by immersion
Sprinkling of water to the forehead would I deter
A flag waved over people's heads
Would be done away with
For the Lord, in a river, was baptized by immersion
His whole body being dipped under water
Only if I had it my way

If I had it my way
Church buildings would open everyday for meetings
The church in Acts had daily prayer meetings
And miracles followed,
The lame at the beautiful gate is a testimony
Only if I had it my way

If I had it my way
Preaching and teaching would be balanced
If the Sunday morning service is set for preaching
The evening service, subject to God,
Would be reserved for teaching
For the Lord went about teaching and preaching
Only if I had it my way

If I had it my way
Fewer "prosperity" messages
Would be heard from the pulpit
For the Lord's compassion was:
To save the sinners (fornicators, drunkards, abusers...);
To heal the broken hearted
(Suffering children, oppressed wives, dishonoured husbands);
To restore the sick and the needy;
To liberate the demon possessed & demon oppressed

If I had it my way
Instead of believing God for gold necklaces
We would believe God and go make disciples
Even to the utmost parts of the earth we would go.
For if we suffer with Christ
We also shall reign with Him

If I had it my way
The congregation would be exposed
To all of the fivefold ministries,
They would be adequately equipped by
The apostles, prophets,
Evangelists, pastors and teachers
None would have stunted growth
But in love would mature to be Christ-like
Oh! How I wish I had it my way

If I had it my way
Church administration would appreciate
In word and in deed
Singers, ushers, media personnel,
Elders, deacons...
From any calendar month possessing five Sundays,
A fifth of that month's income would be dedicated
To openly appreciating all committed volunteers

If I had it my way
Daily there would be meat in my Father's house
The tithes would cover
Not only the Pastors and staff members
But many others would partake.
For the widows, the orphans and the needy
Would have portion allocated to them
(Maybe, I am just saying, maybe a tithe of the tithes).
Only if I had it my way

If I had it my way
Believers would be of one heart,
United in spirit and in truth
Not concerned about privacy,
They would visit for fellowship
And genuinely know each other's welfares.
Tea and biscuits would they have,
Chatting about the goodness of their Saviour
None would lack in that community

If I had it my way
The church programme would
not limit the move of the Spirit
Like a tree, it would sway
under the gentle breeze of the Holy Spirit
Should HE fancy for us to only sing,
Then the entire service will we rejoice to His tune
Only if I had it my way

If I had it my way
People would not be hurriedly promoted
Their devotion to prayer and the word
Would be taken into account
We would never consider their bulging pockets
Neither will their sparkling political careers dazzle our eyes
Rather, the congregation would elect
Leaders of an honest report,
Full of the Spirit and wisdom
Only if I had it my way

If I had it my way
I would remain meek
To the pulpit alone would I carry my Bible
Not having people unwarrantably ushering me about
As if my own hands were cut off!
Why should I let my fellow brother,
Yea, my own brother, serve as if I were his king?
For the Lord came to serve and not to be served
Only if I had it my way

Only if I had it my way
Then all of you would walk in my ways
For I am the way, the truth and the life.

Walter Tsuro is the author of Faith for overcoming life's mysterious hindrances.
He blogs at - a website whose mission is "everybody making wise decisions".

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