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“What do you think…?” Jesus asked many times.  Do we seriously think that God who sacrificed His Son before the foundation of this world, Jesus the Son who laid down His life on a cross outside Jerusalem, and the Holy Spirit who gave up His holiness by being poured upon all flesh irrespective of their faith, would settle for a few hundred million Christians going to Heaven to worship Them?

Do we seriously think that the Holy Spirit will settle for a history of 2000 years of powerlessness, disobedience and compromise as the testimony of His sacrifice and hard work?  Do we seriously think that Jesus who gave up His life, so that we might have life abundantly, is satisfied to see everyone in His church die to go to Heaven to await for a resurrection, be it the first or the second?  Do we seriously think that God the Father who put His only begotten Son through hell on the cross and poured His Holy Spirit on all flesh is happy to just get His Son back home, safe and sound at His right hand again?  Whilst all that effort has only raised up for Him servants, and at best, some friends for His Son, servants who are working for a reward and a pay day, and friends who only hang around when the times are good!  So what do you think?  Or are you so dull that really you are speaking and doing without thinking?  So, consider carefully what you have read, heard and seen, and judge yourself.  Do you seriously think that this is all that God has in mind for you, God who sacrificed His Son, His life, and His holiness?

If your answer is “No,” then you are ready to have your mind renewed to conform no longer to the ways of this world as one transformed because he has tested and approved what God’s will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will.  Imagine then the enlargement of God’s Fatherhood to include thousands upon thousands of sons and daughters who are of the stature, the likeness of Jesus Christ, who are co-beneficiaries of His pleasing will, and Jesus having brothers and sisters who never taste death because of His victory, as co-beneficiaries of His good will.  And finally, imagine the Holy Spirit having His elect as a church who resurrects His holiness because they listen to Him only, as the beneficiary of His perfect will.  So what is God’s pleasing, good and perfect will?  A family who never died, listening to Him. 

If you can imagine that then you have begun to imagine with God as His Spirit hovered over the surface of the deep before He said, “Let there be light,” and you have begun to see what the original plan of God for Adam and Eve and this world really was. 

Jesus said this to the eleven, “And you also must testify, for you have been with Me from the beginning.”  When you look at this on the surface, you can correctly surmise that He was speaking about the beginning that was when He first called them to follow Him, and the beginning of His ministry as the Son of God going to the cross to live and die the Son of Man.  However, is that the only beginning He was speaking of?  For in the things and ways of God, were they not already with Him and in Him even before the foundation of the Earth?  God who knows the end from the beginning already held within Him the life and existence of these eleven so that indeed they were with Him from the beginning when the Word was with God, as God laid down the foundations of the Heavens and Earth.  We were already in Him from that beginning, if only we would listen now to Him and His Spirit so that They might make known to us what we were not told then, for we had not yet received our ears to hear.

Anyone who can begin to imagine what God really planned by an accurate assessment and counting of the cost of the Creation and its salvation will understand that the glory to be had is more than worth the cost.  As in all things, the greater the cost, the greater the value and worth, and the greater the glory and enjoyment.  And since the cost is impossibly high, then the glory and enjoyment, the value and worth, are also impossibly great.  If you understand this, then anything less than impossible is not worthy of the price They have paid with Their Son, life and holiness.

So then, you must apply your imagination to that which is impossible for anything that you can think of to be worthy of their sacrifices.  Anything that is in the realm of the possible with men completely undervalues that sacrifice and does not make the grade.  That does not mean we do not have to live our lives based on what is possible with men, no, for God walked with men in the cool of the evening, He did not fly with men.  So, in our lives, as much as we apply our imaginations to the impossible, we acknowledge what is possible with men.  It is only when we live according to what is possible with men without seeing that what is impossible with men is to the glory of God that we have not honoured Their sacrifice and Their greatness.

To live as a man can live doing what is possible for man is to honour the practicality of God, but to imagine a life lived in the impossibilities for men is to honour the greatness of God.  That is why Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purses, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”  “Nothing,” they answered.  He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.  It is written:  ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in Me…” 

See the way the Lord taught us first, by complete dependence on the miraculous to achieve the impossible, from the wedding at Cana to the healing of the guard’s ear that was struck by Peter.  He never taught us to first depend on what is possible with men, but rather, what is impossible with men was the first lesson.  Then having spent all that time with them, teaching them to see, to think along the lines of what is impossible is possible with God, He then reminded them to also be practical as men.  “If you have a purse, take it, and also a bag…”  The practicality of God is that the purse would buy the food, the bag would carry the food, His power would multiply the food as needed, and the bag would carry some leftovers until the next multiplication was needed – perfect harmony between practicality and impossibilities.

The sword was not for them to use at all, not even to harm the soldiers who came to arrest Him.  It was so that they would be numbered as a transgressor, for it was a transgression against Rome for them to have swords.  Thus, having a sword was a simple, practical way to fulfil the word:  “And He was numbered with the transgressors.” 

So then, as we live a life most practical, carrying a purse and a bag as we walk with God, we are to have the imagination to see the impossibilities of our life as opportunities to glorify God.  For what is impossible with men is possible with God. 

·       It is impossible for a man to live and never die, but not with God. 

·       It is impossible for a man to be a son of God like Jesus, but not with God. 

·       It is impossible for a man to listen to no one else but the Holy Spirit, but not with God.

They began this Creation within Their imagination to do what is impossible with men for men, so that Their own impossible plans, hopes and dreams would be fulfilled, thus proving that for God nothing is impossible, as He said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short?  You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”

For God to raise up an image and a likeness that is flesh and not spirit, who would be of the fullness of the Stature of the Son and listen as obediently to the Holy Spirit as the Son listens to the Father, that was Their challenge and They have costed the project and made the sacrifice.  Now, that which has been predestined and is inevitable, unchangeable and unpreventable, continues on its journey until New Jerusalem is reached.

The question is whether you want to be a part of the journey or just an observer.  What do you think?  Which is best for you and which is best for God?  If your conclusion is that what is best for God is the best for you, then you are in His perfect, good and pleasing will.  Then be free to apply your imagination to that which is best for God, which best displays the power and majesty as well as the kindness, justice, compassion and mercy that is God.  Apply your imagination to that which would declare the Spirit of God to be the Spirit of Holiness indeed.  Apply your imagination to that which would truly prove that in the end there will only be God, as it was in the beginning.

You have read the scriptures, you have meditated on them and you have done what they say; now see the results and imagine the application of these truths, these powers and these realities to the glory of God.  Ask God what is not written, what is not spoken and what remains to be done, and He will tell you.  Seek God for ways to fulfil that which is impossible with men and for men, to prove that indeed He is Emmanuel, God with us.  And knock on the doors of His heart until He opens them to let you in to see what His deepest hopes, desires and dreams are, and then imagine some more.

Having imagined, don’t sit back and sleep like a dreamer, for a dreamer brings nothing to reality.  Your God did not just imagine and then slumbered, but spoke, bared His arms and applied His hands so that out of the dust formed by His word, His hands shaped Adam into His Image and His Likeness, and His breath gave Adam life.  So then, it is with all our breath and the efforts of our hands as well, we declare the will of God and prove that it is good, pleasing and perfect, for all Creation to see that from Adam’s sons will be redeemed and glorified sons of God just like Jesus. 

So let the impossibilities of men reveal the opportunities of God and the possibilities of God fulfil the destiny of men.  As Paul wrote:  In Him we were also chosen, [were made heirs] having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory.  

“What do you think” church?

 

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