4.17.2008

When You Dream #2

I have a dream. (Sound familiar?) Actually, I have more than one dream – I have many. Some I have lived out, some are still in my future. But recently, I’ve realized that Someone else has a dream. And He’s the Author of the greatest dream ever!

When God dreams, it’s not a fantasy or a fleeting day dream like you and I would have had while sitting at our desks in school. With God’s dreams, there’s no wondering when it will happen, how it will happen, or who it will affect. He’s already got every detail settled. From the beginning of the world, God determined when His greatest dream would come to pass. The dream? That the whole world would come to the knowledge of Him through the sacrifice of Jesus. What’s so incredible is that He’s asked us to dream that dream with Him!

But have you noticed how easy it is hold on to our dreams – even if they’re straight from heaven – so tight that even Hurricane Katrina couldn’t rip them from our hands? Suddenly those dreams become so precious that we forget Who gave them to us in the first place. Our focus turns from the Creator of the dream to a little thing called “Me.” Pretty soon, our world revolves around seeing that dream come into reality – with us in the center of it all.

That must grieve God’s heart. I can hear Him say, “Hey, I was the One who gave that dream to you! Shouldn’t I be a part of it?” Like everything in our lives, our dreams should be yielded to God. The Bible says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Notice the word “first.” Not me first, not my dreams first, but God’s agenda first. We’ve got to put aside our desires so that what God wants becomes what we want. Our attitude should be, “Okay, God, I love these dreams You’ve given me. But I love You more. I’m willing to put these dreams aside and give Your dream my full attention.” If Jesus – the Son of God – had to surrender to God’s plan, how much more should we! (Mark 14:32)

God’s got a dream for every person’s life. Jeremiah 29:11 says that He’s given us a “future and a hope.” Our future, in His eyes, is filled with good and not evil. Our dreams couldn’t possibly compare to His infinite imagination for us. The question is, will you first die to self in order to see God’s dream become a reality?

God will never ask you to do something without giving you something greater in return. He wants you to know that if you’ll dream with Him, He’ll dream for you, and every dream will come true.