All of us have dreams of some kind. From the time we are little until the day we die, we dream about the many possibilities for our lives. When I was a kid, I wanted more than anything to be a professional athlete. As you can probably tell from my writing this, this dream didn’t work out so well. However, this didn’t keep me from trying. I’m sure most of you can relate to my BIG dream. Maybe you didnt want to be a professional athlete, but a doctor, a lawyer, a businessman or woman. We all at some point in time had BIG dreams for our lives, and maybe you still do.
What about the dreams you have for your spiritual life? Do you have dreams for what you want to become? For what you hope to accomplish for the Lord? I’m afraid when it comes to dreaming about things of a spiritual nature, our dreams are too small. For example, I asked our young people what kind of dreams they had for making a difference in the Kingdom of God. They responded with things like: teaching people about Jesus, being a good example or helping those in need. Don’t get me wrong, these are good dreams, really. However, I feel as though these dreams are too small. The sad thing about this type of mindset is that it’s the same with adults who have been Christians for many years. Our dreams for making an impact are small. Why not dream about becoming an elder, preacher or missionary. Instead of wanting to teach people about Jesus, why not have a specific list of people you want to teach?
Why is it that when we dream about our lives we dream BIG dreams, but when we dream about our impact in the Kingdom of God we dream small dreams? I think it’s past time for us to dream God-sized dreams. You say, what is a God-sized dream? A God-sized dream is a dream that is so big others might say, “You can’t do that.” God-sized dreams are what some might call, “Ridiculously insane.” A God-sized dream might look like:
• Joseph, a Hebrew, becoming the 2nd most powerful man in all of Egypt.
• Moses helping the Israelites escape Egyptian captivity.
• Jonah preaching to a wicked Nineveh and stirring their hearts to repentance.
• Twelve ordinary men turning the world upside down.
• Converting one of the biggest persecutors of the church,Paul, and watching his impact on the lives of others.
Christians need to start dreaming God-sized dreams. We should be dreaming big about what we can do for the Lord while we have time on earth. As long as we have God on our side, nothing is impossible (Mk. 10:27). The apostle Paul said, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us” (Eph. 3:20). Did you catch that? God is able to do abundantly more than all we ask or imagine! It’s time for Christians to dream big as to what we can accomplish with God’s help.
What’s keeping you from dreaming God-sized dreams? Fear, failure, friends, reputation, lack of confidence, lack of trust? David wrote, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act” (Psa. 37:4-5). Do you trust God enough to help you accomplish your God-sized dream? Just the other day I came across this quote, “When we dare to dream the dreams God has for us, we will be amazed at what He does in and through us!”
Friends, the size of our dreams reflects the size of our God. How big are you dreaming?
Now that’s Something to Think About!