Passage: 1 Corinthians 2:6-10

S. Lewis once said, “Reason is the natural organ of truth, imagination is the organ of meaning.” One writer has suggested what Lewis meant by this was “we do not really grasp the meaning of any word or concept until we have a clear picture or image, we can connect with it.”

For example, Jesus could have explained God’s love for us as our Father as an intellectual fact, but by illustrating it with the moving story of an earthly father seeking for and welcoming back his wayward child, He appealed to our imagination and drove His point home masterfully.

Imagination is a powerful tool, and it can be very useful when we contemplate subjects like Heaven.

To be sure, Paul states our total inability to comprehend or imagine “all that God has prepared” for us, but we should not automatically conclude he is prohibiting any thinking or imagining about Heaven.

Randy Alcorn encourages us to imagine what Heaven is like when he says:

“What we need is a biblically inspired imagination…the moment we say that we can’t imagine, we dump cold water on all that God has revealed to us about our eternal home.”

The ability to imagine things about Heaven, drawn from what the Bible does tell us about it, is beautifully expressed in one of of the most popular Christian songs of the past 20 years, I Can Only Imagine. The song was written by Bart Millard following the death of his father. Growing up, Bart’s dad had physically and verbally abused him, but in his later years he came to Christ and was a transformed man. Father and son reconciled, and the song reflects Bart’s thoughts about what his dad is seeing in Heaven:

“Surrounded by your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you, Jesus
Or in awe of you be still?
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine…”

It’s a beautiful picture and best of all, it will be greater than we think!

What do you imagine about Heaven?