People desire what they can imagine.

At the library yesterday I came across a heading in a magazine that read “People desire what they can imagine.”

Perhaps this is why Jesus spent so much of his time talking about the kingdom–illustrating it in parables, telling everyone it’s nearby, praying for it to come. Perhaps he wanted to give us as many ways of imagining it as possible, so that our desire for it could be as strong as possible.

In The Desire of Ages, Ellen White writes,

“It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones.”

This makes sense if you want to desire Christ. Imagine His life.

What do you think was going through the mind of the man who found the treasure in Matthew 13?

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” -Matthew 13:44

Was he worrying about his finances? Was he dreaming about his career? What drove him so powerfully between the time that he found the treasure and the time that he bought the field?

He was thinking about the treasure. He was imagining what his life would be like once he had it. And I’m sure his focus only grew stronger as he came closer to buying it. If he couldn’t imagine what he would do with the treasure, I can assure you he never would have bought that field.

So, what can you imagine? What is the most exciting thing that plays through your mind?

A movie? Star Wars?

A career?

An iPhone? (With an iPhone, this is possible.)

Or can you imagine heaven? Can you imagine the presence of God?

“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” -Psalm 27:4

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