A Christian Meditation on Being a Child of Light in Ephesians 5:8
God created you as a being of imagination. Your imagination empowers your strongest desires and fears. And your imagination directly affects your body.
For example try this: Imagine holding a lemon in your hand. Imagine cutting it in half, and squeezing the tart, yellow juice into a glass and raising it to your mouth. Smell the lemony citrus scent. Take a big mouthful of lemon juice. Feel the tangy juice and pulp on your tongue. Question: Is your mouth watering as though the experience were real? In response to mental images, your brain is activated, triggering the real, physiological response of saliva—even if there’s no lemon in sight.
The Bible gives you powerful imagery to activate with your imagination so that your brain and body can experience spiritually transcend reality.
A good example of this is…
Ephesians 5:8 (NIV)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.
But now you are light in the Lord. This is imagination. It’s power of transformation in your life comes from using your imagination to renew your mind and see yourself this way. Including your whole body. Everything about you.
You’re not imagining something that isn’t real, but you’re imagining something that IS that you usually imagine isn’t. Too often our imagination creates a false world inside our minds. You’re reversing that by using your imagination to experience reality instead of living in unreality. We usually don’t think of our lives and bodies according to the reality that every molecule and cell of our body is energized and held together by God.
This kind of Christian meditation brings the transcendent experience of God into your mind and into your body so that you can literally walk with God throughout your day. And you can keep your body and thoughts from being hijacked by unconscious anxieties and insecurities and stress and tension that causes you to react in fear and self protection rather than to act in the confidence and assurance of God‘s presence in and around you and his love for you and care about every detail in your life.
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