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The Power To Imagine

By Mike Leal

We are just completing three years of serving with Operation Mobilisation (www.om.org) here in Brazil. It meant a huge change in our lives – deciding to obey God’s call to leave our jobs, sell most of our possessions, pack our bags and set off for South America.

But it is a decision that we have not once regretted. We have learnt and experienced so much, seeing God at work during both the good and bad times. Before coming here, we had pre-conceptions about so many things, from what our work and home would be like, to the people, church, schools and even the city itself.

With so many unknowns, our imagination filled in some of the gaps for us, until reality could replace it. We must remember though, that often God’s reality is much bigger than our fiction. This of course applies to everyone. We all have our stable ‘Comfort Zone’, and we usually don’t like to think about leaving it. We might have some great ideas about our future, but we’re happy to remain in the familiarity of the present.

But what does God think about this? If we’re doing well, blessing others, having a positive attitude, and growing in knowledge and faith, do we really need to be thinking about big change? Wouldn’t this just be disruptive and counter-productive?

Well, one thing God has been showing me recently is that we do need to imagine. We need to dream big dreams, and then chase them. God gave us all imaginations, not just to dream about a new house or car or job for ourselves, but to dream about what God can do through us for His Glory. I have sometimes imagined something amazing, but it has remained there as a thought. Why? Because I don’t include God in the picture. I restrict the possibilities because I impose human limitations. I might look at an imaginary future, and if I cannot see a route from now to then, I don’t even start the journey. I forget that I have an all-powerful God on my team – a God who has no limitations.

It says in Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV):

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

You may have read this before – I certainly have, but I am still trying to grasp what it means. One thing this verse tells us, is that we are small and God is big. This means that where God is involved, we can also imagine big. If we imagine big, what will God do?

“…immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine

Wow! You see, even our imaginations are not big enough! But how can we be a part of this?

“…according to his (God’s) power that is at work within us”

And why would God do this? For his glory:

“to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus …”

So if you can imagine and dream something that is for God’s glory, take it to God, seek his will. Talk to others, pray with others. Don’t think “I can’t”, because God can! Allow Him to lead you, sustain you, and give you wisdom. Move forward in faith, and let God do the more-than-imaginable.

As The Message puts it:

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams.”

Topics: World Mission
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