Even though we know God to be real, He is not visible. Much of what the Bible reveals about the nature and character of God we tend to piece together from how God has worked through lives of people in the historical narratives of the scripture. By connecting the dots, a mosaic begins to appear in our minds of who God is, what He is like and how to get to know Him. From the numerous descriptions God gives of Himself, people use their imaginations to create an image of God in their minds.
Much of our Christian faith is based on the unseen verses the seen. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJ) This teaching is found throughout the Bible. We do not find it strange when the scriptures say, “we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJ)
We imagine what God will look like when we see Him in heaven one day. We imagine what heaven will be like. We can imagine all kinds of things when we, “set our minds on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2 NKJ)
I would like you to imagine what our city – Tucson, Arizona, could look like if followers of Jesus worked together to give suffering people at small taste of the goodness of God.
4Tucson’s strategy is to address our city’s most difficult and systemic problems by uniting the body of Christ to envision and implement biblical solutions for the benefit of the whole city.
People in our city desperately need to see the invisible God actively working in their lives. Using our imagination, we can conclude from the book of Acts, that it is easier for most people to have faith when they see tangible evidences for God. Scores of people believed in Jesus by faith when the saw the disciples heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons and freed from personal bondage of pride, lust and greed.
You and I are representatives of the one true, living, invisible God. As said in 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NKJ), “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore [you] on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”
You and I are called by God to be the tangible evidence that God is who He says He is. Can you imagine what our city would be like if Christians lived out their faith in tangible ways for our neighbors and co-workers to see.
When you connect the dots of creating a city that follows godly principles, what do you see? But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJ) Can you see what God sees for our city?