“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25
We interpret the Bible every day, asking the Holy Spirit how God’s Word applies to our lives. I skim past verses that a friend of mine tells me later are “deeply powerful and exactly what I needed to hear.” Clearly, God uses his Word to talk to us where we are.
That’s why this verse may seem a bit “stretched” to you. Keep in mind that God’s speaking to me and now I’m sharing with you how this might be significant to us as writers. More simply: please bear with me!
My logic chain is as follows:
a) I belong to Jesus.
b) I listen to Him and learn about Him through Scripture, prayer, preaching and reading the thoughts of other Christians – all the while listening to hear the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
c) What I learn of Him, for the most part, has been written.
d) ALL the books of the things He did have NOT been written – if they had, the world itself could not contain them.
e) The world’s not filled yet, therefore, there are books WAITING to be written about what He has – and IS – doing.
f) Because I belong to Jesus, He lives in me and moves me and breathes in me.
g) The “me” I am includes my imagination and the imaginary worlds I’ve dreamed up.
h) These places – at least when I submit to Him and LISTEN to His voice with my heart, in the words of others, in His Word – were made by Him and are things He did through me.
i) So, I can write about these worlds of imagination – I can ADD to the books that have been written about Him because these worlds of my imagination are HIS.
Lastly, these verses speak to me as well:
“Write everything I tell you in a book.” Jeremiah 30:1
“And don't tell me that I have no authority to write like this. I'm perfectly free to do this—isn't that obvious? Haven't I been given a job to do? Wasn't I commissioned to this work in a face-to-face meeting with Jesus, our Master?” I Corinthians 9:1
“For we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand, and I hope you will understand until the end;” 2 Corinthians 1:13
This is my call to missions, codified. Anyone hearing anything else?