God? Just your Imagination?Posted: September 11, 2013
We must keep ourselves in touch, not with theories, but with people, and never get out of touch with human beings, if we are going to use the word of God skillfully amongst them.
~ Wisdom from Oswald Chambers ~ Workmen of God, 1341 L
Parables are works of art, specifically, works of short fiction. They are intricately constructed and complex in their intent. In some ways, they are intended to hide the truth; they don’t reduce truth to simple statements or formulae. Instead, they force the reader to take things to a deeper level, to engage the imagination, to think and think again. In this way, they invite people to ask questions; they stir curiosity; they create intrigue. ~ Teaching style of Jesus, (The Voice Translation)
Most likely, I could publish this post now ______________ and leave it to your imagination?? How would you feel about that?…
Most would think I had made a mistake and simply search for another post which provided much more information, ..A few would look at the picture, read the few written words and recognize it to be about the Parable of the Sower, ..form an opinion based on preconceived notions, ideology or theology and go on about their day… Still fewer would stop.. take the scant information presented and begin to meditate or ponder over it…
All of the folks used in this example would get a message from the post… but what would that message be?? All would have observed the exact same information, but all would also come to very different conclusions. Why?? …Imagination, or the lack thereof…
You see, I believe today in the present day Church we have lost the ability to use our imaginations… We use a lectern style of teaching which provides much information and seeks to draw all the listeners (students) to the same logical conclusion based on the systematic presentation of facts and figures. How about that..? These are the type of lectures given in modern college, university and seminary settings… I will not go any farther with this idea.. I will let you use your imagination and picture it in your mind for yourself.
I have written another post similar to this, “The Bible a Love Story” , and you may like to read it when you have time. I do not want to go into a lot of information and detail on this subject.. I just hope to draw your attention to what I believe to be a problem today in modern preaching and the presentation of the Gospel..
The Gospel is a story, a story which contains “GOOD NEWS”… The gospel is not an assembly of facts to be understood. No, the gospel is a story to be told ..imagined ..pondered ..pictured ..questioned ..mulled over, so to speak! The Gospel is not the whole Bible presented through “systematic theology” the whole Bible is “The Gospel” presented through stories about God and His relationship with Humanity and Humanity and our relationship with God… It is not necessarily meant to be understood without provoking our curiosity and awakening our desire to explore… I am going on a ‘rant’ and probably repeating myself so I will try to wrap this up!… Look at the following verses if you will..?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.
— Jeremiah 29:11-14
We hear the first part of this dialog all the time as a promise for us today.. and it is, however it is also part of a dialog (conversation) God is having with Israel and He is explaining to them why they have been exiled. (taken captive) He is promising them that one day “they” will truly search for Him with all their HEART and when they do… they will find Him and THEN He will bring them back from captivity…
Heart seeking is not head knowledge. Heart seeking is hunger for more than knowledge. Heart seeking is the desire for a deeper relationship and deeper intimacy with the one you Love… Heart seeking is what is done in romancing another whom you have desires for and designs for… it is sensual and gratifying… Then and only then.. are we ready to leave the captive confines of our minds, our hearts and become willing to fall passionately in love with God.. Then and only then.. can He touch us and communicate with us on a level that sets us free to love and adore Him in the same manner as He does us… Then and only then, can He open up our Imaginations to see His Kingdom prepared for us.. our new home.. our new understanding of Him.. Then and only then can we truly know and see Him as He is…!!! Sorry, I can’t go on, the tears are coming too fast… 😥 and I don’t want to make this too long… or “X Rated”
This my friends is what is in God’s Imagination…. Now, What is in yours..???
Love in Him.!!
I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your “:shameless audacity” he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Luke 11:8-10 New International Version (NIV)