I have a dream… I wouldn’t mind a home with that view! Who wouldn’t, right?!
Doesn’t it stir a little hope in your heart — to admit that we have a dream?
So… how would you end the statement: “I have a dream…?” There are probably as many answers as there are people reading this blog! But I would venture to say, most of us have dreams of being far more comfortable than what we might be experiencing, right now.
I find it very interesting that there is virtually no discussion in the Word of God regarding living into our personal dreams. Jesus really gives us no strategy on being successful in life (at least not as we see it in Western culture). And yet, in the Church, it seems to take up quite a bit real estate in the production of our messages.
So, I’m wondering. Is a dream only a dream when it affects our status or popularity? Are dreams meant to make our lives more financially comfortable? Are true dreams meant to affect an increasing larger number of people — a ministry that affects thousands?
Automatically, I think most of us would say, “No…of course not.” But, if we consider our hopes on a more honest level, most of us would still tend to associate walking in our dreams as either growing in popularity or affecting my future in some other beneficial way.
So, if we’re not careful we will tie the next move of God to our need for personal success. We will see His love for us through the lens of personal dreams.
Have you ever noticed that Jesus never uses the lure of personal fulfillment through our dreams to promote His gospel? In fact, he never uses the phrase “personal dream” in any discussion. From what He preached and died for, I think He saw a much bigger need—a much bigger mission. Truly, a bigger dream!
Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ set us free.” Here’s the simple truth: you cannot be free as long as your future depends on people’s receptivity to your talent, ministry, or anything else you bring. Depending on other’s opinion and evaluation binds you to them rather than sets you free to be who God has designed you to be. Certainly, there is real world work to be successful and effective in what we do; but finding success does not make you free.
Being free to be who God has designed you to be is your dream. Freedom is the next move of God. How it makes you successful is beside the point. Your story will produce exactly what it was designed to accomplish regardless of what you see. This is living with integrity…and especially, with freedom.
Be free; and your story will manifest what’s needed when it’s needed.