V-I-M: a Pattern For Spiritual Formation
VIM is an acronym used in Dallas Willard’s Renovation of The Heart that appears again and again throughout the entirety of the book. “VIM” is an acronym, as in the phrase “vim and vigor.”
“Vim” is grammatically related to the Latin term “vis,” meaning direction, strength, force, vigor, power, energy, or virtue; and sometimes meaning sense, import, nature or essence. Now spiritual formation in Christlikeness is all of this to human existence. It is the path by which we can truly, as Paul told the Ephesians, “be empowered in the Lord and in the energy of his might” (Ephesians 6:10) and “become mighty with his energy through his Spirit entering into the inward person” (3:16). It spells out the “life to the full” that Jesus, in his own person, brought into the life of humankind. (John 10:10) Only by receiving this life do we become adequate to our calling. God never intended anything else.