The Bare Soul - June 24, 2012
Godly Imagination

II Corinthians 10:5 - We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

My grandson is a joy to watch as his young mind takes him from one pretend instance to another. He might be a policeman one moment, and then a race car driver the next---all depending on his imagination. A child's make believe is innocent and full of wonder as they create various roles and circumstances. The operative word here is "create." Children's imaginations are empowered by creativity, often in a more simple manner than their adult counterparts. They do not limit themselves with what might seem ridiculous and far-fetched to grown-ups. Their faith is full of incredible possibilities. That is why Christ said we must have faith as one of these little ones to enter the kingdom of heaven (Mark 10:14). When imagination embraces faith, there is creation. God demonstrates this in the creation story when He imagined and then spoke things into being (Genesis 1). Just as the Father created, so He desires His children to do likewise.

Jesus gave us what appears to be a "ridiculous" example of godly imagination when teaching His disciples about faith. In Mark 11:21-23, the Lord tells his followers to first "have faith in God." Then, he uses the following example: "Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him." Some might suggest this is rabbinic hyperbole -- just an exaggeration to get across his point. However, I believe the Lord is doing more in this example. By using an extreme, or seemingly ridiculous illustration to some, Jesus is expressing how faith is only limited by our imagination. As believers, once we align our thinking with the Father's desire, then we are unlimited in possibility. Even so, Jesus was always in agreement with His Father's imagined desires as He said He only did those things which He saw His Father in heaven doing (John 5:19). Just as Jesus limited Himself to His Father's imagination, so also Jesus desires us to come into agreement with the Father through the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16). Then, no matter how outlandish the will of the Father may seem, we know it is doable according to the working of grace through faith.

Paul understood this dynamic when he spoke to the Ephesians concerning their spiritual maturity. The bulk of the third chapter of Ephesians is Paul affirming his stewardship to the church at Ephesus and their need to understand their spiritual heritage in Christ. Directly after his prayer for these brethren, Paul declares the incomprehensibility of God's imagination. He states: "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us" (Ephesians 3:20). Just imagine! The abundance of God's thought and imagination are only limited by the power of God working in and through us. Once we agree with God's creativity and allow Him to move through us, then we begin to experience the richness of His will for humanity. What we once thought impossible, He begins to manifest instances of His creative power. For example, the person we once believed could never be saved is now walking with Lord and praising Jesus! Or, the paralytic who doctors believed would never walk again is now running, jumping and glorifying God! Some might scoff, believing these to be ridiculous impossibilities. However, Jesus told us only to have faith and then the Holy Spirit would give us the imagination to believe for these things and much more.

Beloved, it is time for the church to once again return to believing in the impossible. The Body of Christ must once again become dreamers that dare to create impossibilities which only faith can secure. We must once again become as children and exercise the God-given imagination within us to secure great things for the kingdom of God. When we refuse to be limited by what might seem ridiculous to some, then we are touching the mind of God and creating situations where anything might happen. All we need to start is that simple child-like trust that must be drawn out of the heart of believers. Then, we must imagine great things to be done for God's glory. May Christ have His way in this regard with us all.

Heavenly Father, cause our imaginations to come into union with Yours. Help us to imagine mountains of doubt and unbelief vanishing as Your faith grows and matures in us. For only as we become children do we really grow up in You. Help us for Your glory and for Christ's sake. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Your Barefoot Servant,

Rick

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