Recently, when beholding the Lord, He asked me a question and then gave me an assignment: “What are your plans?”…”OK, so, just for fun, try doing things today without using your thumb (Lev8:23).”
The Four Earthly Dimensions
Without a plan, people wander aimlessly. As an engineer, I am amazed every day of the ability and creativity of man. Architects and engineers make their plans complete with dimensioning, but …the Lord has His Plan (Eph3:4) complete with HIS Dimensions (Ps19): Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col1:27) and Christ is the all in all (Eph1:23). As pictured in creation, He is the fullness of all three geometrical/physical dimensions of height and depth, length, and width (Ex26:30). Also pictured in so many different ways, He is the Narration, the Movement, and the Music across those three dimensions: a fourth dimension: Time (Gal4:4). During this part of the year we seem to focus on that fourth dimension of time. In this season, many of us tend to assess “our” location and situation and movement in the trajectory of life, and then we make “our” new year’s resolutions and plans and set “our” goals for “our” new year: “how will I spend my time, do my diet, and on and on…” But dear one… Christ himself is your New Year Plan. He is THE New Year Plan. It is His Year: He is the Year of Jubilee, the favorable Year of the Lord.
The Fifth Heavenly Dimension
When we believe into Him, we are resurrected into the One who is the reality of a fifth dimension: a whole New and Other realm, the dimension of Him in the context of the living Spirit, a realm from above. Like the opposing thumb of the hand against the four fingers, this fifth dimension resurrected, through coordinated opposition and touch, pressure and detectable sensitivity, will resurrect/restore and transform the functioning of the other four dimensions into New life and New abilities to grasp, hold, transform, and create things never before thought possible. Without Him in the fullness of that fifth dimension inside of us (individually and corporately), we are totally, completely, and utterly: incapable! From His perspective: a hand without a thumb. So why do we make plans without Him as the true Plan? The plans of the heart belong to man but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord (Pr16): So …He speaks (Luke 4:18,19): “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed, To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
Because our great grandfather Adam ate from the wrong tree, the fifth dimension was completely cut off from us (thanks a lot grandpa). Consequently, each and every one of us are born into this world: poor, captive, blind, and oppressed. However, Christ is come, and He is the beginning, middle, and end of a wonder-filled New Year: the favorable Year of the Lord. What is the favorable Year of the Lord? It is Christ. And when He resurrects us into the fullness of that fifth dimension through Himself, He transforms and restores the other four dimensions into their proper place, perspective, and function. How does he transform us? By beholding Him. Through eating and drinking Him, and resting in Him: through the edifying speaking to one another and through singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to one another. Dear one, since you believed, and are believing, you are in Christ and He is in you: this is “your” year of jubilee for He is your Year of Jubilee. Through Christ, He will bring New life, transformation, and resurrection life to all the dimensions of the physical, the mind, the will, and the emotions. Let the tongue of the Lord speak through you, through the fifth dimension (Spirit) of Him, in the eating and drinking and resting:
(Echoing Luke 4:18,19)…
• In this New Year… in Him you will explore, taste, and eat the abiding “riches” of His glory: across all dimensions of the palate, to the fullness of the tummy. Yummy.
• In this Favorable Year of the Lord… in Him you will drink of the freedom (“free” domain) to walk with Him in the cool of the day and be released in the liberty of He who indwells you: liberty to walk and explore the height, length, and width dimensions of both physical and spiritual creation.
• In this Jubilee Year… in Him (in community) you will feast and “see” with your New eyes, corporately beholding the face of God in his glory: seeing his radiance across all five dimensions of space, time, and spirit.
• In this Year of Jubilee… resting in Him, “free from oppression,” you will continually experience the evernewing (RC: I can make up new words too!) newness of the New creation: the uninhibited, fifth-gospel scribing (Mal3:16, 2Cor3:3) of ever-increasing New-Life dimensions and expressions:
.of revelations (a day one)
..of differentiations (a day two)
…of resurrections (a day three)
….of illuminations and navigations (a day four)
…..of a conscious life (a day five)
……of a higher life (a day six)
…….of the rest of the story (a day seven)
where the Sap-flowing Trunk rests in the Water-enriched Soil anchored by the Roots
where the Sap-flowing Branch rests in the Trunk
where the Sap-produced Fruit hangs from the Branch in Perfect Rest.
That’s His Plan.
What are yours?