A whole new world.
Life with Jesus right there.
This hit me in a cool, new way this summer while working at Charis Hills Camp again this summer. This is a gospel centered therapeutic camp for kids with special needs. Truthfully, it wasn’t until about the sixth week of singing the hit Disney jam “A Whole New World” with campers. This seemed to be a theme song of the summer (a nice change from “Let It Go” last summer, shout out to the classics), and sort of became the theme of what God was teaching me.
And this is eternal, that they may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. -John 17:3
This was our theme verse for the summer. The verse says “know”. In this context, the word means to experientially know, aka to have a relationship with. That’s what its all about. Knowing Jesus. Having a relationship with God through His Son. Its not a set of rules, a top ten ways to get to heaven list, or a cut your hand, blood brothers type of thing. It’s not about what you can do. Its about what’s already been done, what God can do. It’s about meeting the man who did the thing, the greatest thing that ever happened to the world (please see Romans 5:23, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 2:21, Titus 3:4-6).
God opened my eyes to that this summer. This summer I was in a different position at camp, one that added much stress. I really learned to lean on the Holy Spirit in decision making (which is probably my least favorite activity of all time). I really had to trust that God had put me there for some reason. As the summer went on, I was humbled by who God is and the work he did through me and everyone else there at camp; as well as what he was doing in the hearts of the campers and all of us.
To bring this back into context, I give you, “A Whole New World”, sung by God, performed by Jesus:
I can show you the world, shining, shimmering, splendid
(2 Corinthians 5:17-With Christ, you can have a new shining, shimmering, splendid life with Him…and heaven, which is pretty cool–understatement of eternity)
Tell me, princess, now when did you last let your heart decide
(Romans 10:9-Believe in your heart what Jesus did and you are saved, have you decided what to believe?)
I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder
(Luke 24:45, 1 Corinthians 3:16-With a relationship with Jesus comes the Holy Spirit, like how Oprah gives away a car to audience members and friends, but ten zillion times better; the Holy Spirit comes into your heart and open your eyes to a new life with Christ)
Over, sideways, and under on a magic carpet ride
(Jeremiah 29:11, James 1:2-4, James 1:16-17, Romans 8:28-30-God has something great in store for you! Does that mean a relationship with Jesus is always sunshine and rainbows…nah. Actually, you will probably go through some maybe not super fun things, but some actually pretty tough thing, but joy comes from knowing who Jesus is and that God causes everything to work together for good, and we have puny human brains who can only see right now, but God sees everything, plus things of this world seem not so urgent when we know what’s to come–Jesus, eternity in heaven!!)
A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view, No one to tell us no, or where to go, or say we’re only dreaming, a whole new world, a dazzling place I never knew, But when I’m way up here, it’s crystal clear, that now I’m in a whole new world with you
(Romans 6:4-7, Romans 6:14-Freedom is found in what Christ did on the cross, free from old sins, free from who you used to be, a whole new world, a new fantastic point of view on life through that relationship)
Unbelievable sights, indescribable feelings, soaring, tumbling, freewheeling, through an endless diamond sky
(Hebrews 13:8-Jesus is forever, an endless diamond sky with the the treasure being eternal life with the Savior and Creator)
A whole new world, a hundred thousand things to see, I’m like a shooting star, I’ve come so far, I can’t go back to where I used to be
(Romans 6:23, Romans 5:20-You are saved, saved forever through Jesus, eternity found in Him, you can’t go back to where you used to be, we may trip into old sins, but where sin is increased, grace abounds)
A whole new world, every turn a surprise, with new horizons to pursue, every moment red letter
(Romans 6:4-We die to our old selves when entering that relationship, our old selves being buried with Christ so that we can walk in newness of life, a new life, full of surprises marked out by God for our good and His glory)
I’ll chase them anywhere, no time to spare, let me share this whole new world with you
(Romans 1:16, Galatians 2:20, Ruth 1:16-This is not something to take lightly, Jesus is a life commitment, but its a commitment to truth and life brought by admiration and love for Christ. Will you chase Jesus anywhere He calls?)
Jesus died, offering you a whole new world. He paid the debt you owed. You have been set free. He desires to have a relationship with you. We can have that relationship with God because of what His son did. If that’s not a shining, shimmering, splendid, red letter, whole new world, then y’all I just don’t know what is.