In the Skye Jethani book I'm reading, The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity, the author challenges the reader to consider whether they have the capacity to see the Kingdom of God through their imagination. Jethani writes:
"Learning to see the world as it truly is- saturated with the presence and love of God- should be the essence of Christian discipleship... most ministries and churches have focused their efforts at spiritual formation upon two areas- knowledge and skills- and have neglected the vital role of the imagination."
That's an intriguing concept for me. I'm left brained; I have the spiritual gift of administration; I'm immersed in details; I see things as usually black and white; and I've never been accused of being an abstract thinker.
Yet I do sense that God wants me to be more aware of what he is doing all around me. What Jethani is saying dovetails with other things I'm reading that also point to the need to see beyond the two-dimensional reality that presses in on us. John Ortberg says the same thing in, A River Runs Through It. Dallas Willard says much the same thing in his VIM structure--calling us to grasp the vision of who God is and what he desires for us.
Jethani points to the church's fixation on "how to" Christianity: i.e. "5 ways to be a better ______." I know I've heard too many of those sermons without much transformation. As a church manager, it's easy to get caught up in a two-dimensional world. One of my prayers for the new year is that God would illuminate my eyes to see and understand the radical vision of Jesus and grasp the fuller reality of "God's Kingdom come down from heaven."