DAY 3: Imagining
“No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him – these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”(1 Corinthians 2:9-10
When you think of “imagining,” you may think of “dreaming” or “envisioning.” You explore the possibilities. You see the potential.
The capital campaign that you are involved in began in the “imagination” of a leader or a group of leaders. Someone, somewhere said to someone else, “What if we did . . . ?” With those words, a dream was shared. Plans were discussed. Prayers were spoken. “For the sake of God’s mission, as a way to expand our ministry efforts here, what if . . . ?” Here a dream was born. A vision was cast.
But the apostle Paul makes it clear that such a dream given to man begins with God. “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
That’s what is exciting about a capital campaign experience. This opportunity to expand ministry was born in the heart of God and given to His people. That’s why we believe that a capital campaign is a spiritual experience. Maybe “no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor heart has imagined,” but God’s Spirit has seen and heard and imagined. And now God’s Spirit is at work in and through you in this process so you can begin to see what God sees.
And what God sees is what you want to begin to “imagine.” To “imagine” or “envision” what can happen in this ministry and in the lives of the people involved begins by asking for God’s direction. You are encouraged to pray for God’s direction throughout this campaign. Pray for God’s direction on this ministry. Pray for God’s direction on the ministry expansion you are considering. Pray for God’s direction as each person begins the spiritual journey of considering their own gift toward this campaign.
So often as the campaign itself unfolds, people pray and process what all is going on until they finally begin to “see” it all for themselves. What God is doing may even lead to an “aha” moment.
Maybe no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined; but God has. So after “imagining” the work of God’s Spirit, may you begin to “see” how God can do “immeasurably more” through you and your ministry.