In the movie Field Of Dreams, Kevin Costner hears an invisible voice trying to plant an idea in his head by saying, “Build it and they will come.” The voice seems to have a supernatural origin that eventually connects with the main character’s heart and spirit—a love of baseball.
The idea that is planted in Costner’s head is to transform part of a cornfield into a baseball field. Not long after the baseball field is completed, famous baseball players of the past begin to show up. These athletes of the past are literally kindred spirits who share the same love and passion for the game of baseball.
You all know the rest of the story. But what you might not know is that the creators of this screenplay have tapped into a similar type of symbolic creative writing that is employed within God’s Holy Word! The movie even makes a remarkable point about the specific dynamics behind real spiritual salvation, just as Scripture does.
In Scripture, the words “ground,” “land,” “earth,” and “field” have higher meanings and represent the Lord’s kingdom on earth—which is the church and its quality of worship. Why” In the same way that a minister’s sermon contains doctrinal seeds of truth that can be planted in one’s heart and mind, the seeds of the natural world must also find good growing conditions. This metaphor between soul and soil is apparent in the Lord’s parable of the Sower and the deeper message that God’s teachings can only take root in “good ground,” that is, in the soil of a good heart.
God’s truth has a supernatural or spiritual origin just like the invisible voice in the Field of Dreams movie. Furthermore, the movie makes the psycho-spiritual point that a new idea cannot take root in the mind unless the love of a person’s heart freely receives it. Lots of ideas, drives and compulsions are constantly popping into our heads from countless invisible voices. Each voice seeks out its corresponding affection and quality of love in order to manifest in the real world. An invisible voice or idea will have no real effect on a heart with a differing disposition. The cornfield would not have become a baseball field if the main character did not worship and love baseball.
The same exact principle of love applies with all the things in the world that we could choose to worship and hold dear.
God’s Field Of Dreams is the universal church on earth. This church consists of people whose hearts freely receive and nurture spiritual truths from a principle (ground) of love. When we build such a church in our hearts and minds God’s blessings and peace will come.