Genesis 37:19 “And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.”
I have a picture I keep on my devices for reference. This picture is very bland and unattractive—just a man in a suit and tie staring into a dirt field. This man appears to be staring into the empty dirt field, but seeing more then dirt.
Today, that field is more than dirt! Now it holds a beautiful, state-of-the-art church building equipped with an auditorium, classrooms, bathrooms, a bookstore, and coffee shop. An infrastructure sits where that dust bowl once was, ready to be utilized to reach a lost community for Christ. Where others saw dirt, he saw more!
The man in the field was my dad. My dad had a unique ability to dream big for God and tap into God’s power to see the vision come to pass! He, while standing in that open field, saw a building, and more than that he saw people, people whose lives would be forever changed by the gospel. I’ve heard it said, “Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, usually do.”
Often I would hear my dad ask as he counseled people, “What is the dream?” (I will mention, my dad never shared anything with us that was given to him in confidentiality.) It could be a single parent with a broken heart over their troubled teen, a couple whose marriage was on the rocks, or a young person who wanted to get back on track, yet the question was always the same: “What’s the dream?”
You may wonder, “What did a dream have to do with their pressing issues?” My dad realized that if the church members sitting in his office got a vision to accomplish something for God, they would be able to navigate the storm they were in without becoming casualties. Having a dream for God helps us focus and progress in our Christian lives. In comparison to a big dream to do something for God, our problems become small, and the truths we need to apply to overcome those problems, become easier to accomplish.
I would challenge you to take a few minutes away from devices, noises, and business that presses us, and dream. Dream about what God can accomplish through you and your family. Dream about the people you can reach, the futures that can be altered, and the eternal impact that you can make. For some this may be a first, while others may need to refocus the vision that they once had.
Reminders for those who are willing to dream:
Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
This verse exclaims that vision is imperative to having a life of purpose. The second clause reminds us that the vision should be in conjunction with God’s Word. Reaching the lost, discipling converts, and raising our families for the glory of God are all biblical—thus, they are great dreams to have!
Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
The world lives and dreams for themselves. They dream of how they can receive personal gain, accolades, or notoriety. None of these should be a Christian’s focus. Our dreams should focus on bringing the lost around us to the Savior for salvation!
2 Timothy 4:6-8 “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”
Many dream but few are willing to be faithful to see the dream come to pass. Pastor Meyers reminds us that Christianity isn’t measured in years but in decades. Impacting our world for Christ will take a lifetime of commitment, but will have an impact lasting an eternity!
If we are not building our life on the Word of God, we will experience major defeat and disaster.
If an area of our life is incompatible with Scriptural living, it isn't to be moved to another area, but removed completely.