“God does not need you to dream great dreams for your life, your family, your business, or your church. He simply asks for obedience. He has plans that would dwarf yours in comparison. (Eph 3:20)” – Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God Day by Day
Dreams. I’d been hearing about them, thinking about them, and experiencing them all weekend at the 2016 Writers Renewal Conference. I’d also just finished Holley Gerth’s book, You’re Made for a God-sized Dream. And now the quote I was reading in my Experiencing God Day by Day devotional seemed to contradict all I had been learning recently. Or did it?
As I thought about it more, I suddenly realized I had used the scripture reference from the end of Blackaby’s quote in my own journal writing the morning before. This was the same journal entry in which I had been processing through my thoughts about Holley’s book and my time spent at the writers conference. It all began to fall into place.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21). This verse shows me that God has given me a “God-sized” dream to fulfill that is more than I could possibly ask for or imagine (immeasurably more) in order that He might get the glory through it all. Therefore, I need to always be sure my dreams are furthering God’s kingdom and not just my own agenda.
This is big news for me, potentially life-changing, as I seek to pursue those dreams I feel He has laid on my heart. These dreams may be bigger and scarier than I might have chosen but that’s okay because God is there right beside me “able to do immeasurably more than I might ask for or imagine.” Also, I can know that these dreams will come about only “according to His power at work in me.”
The song, In Christ Alone (Medley), by Phillips, Craig and Dean has a verse that says this:
“In Christ alone I place my trust
And find my glory in the power
of the cross
In every victory let it be said of me
My source of strength
My source of hope
In Christ alone”
I now see that Blackaby’s quote was not a contradiction to what I had been hearing from other sources at all. These places weren’t telling me to pursue my dreams but to go after the dreams God gives me. To go after these dreams for God’s glory and not my own. And that will make all the difference!
“Consider the God-sized dreams in your heart as invitations to a fuller life. A life with more joy, passion and growth. A life that makes you rejoice on the good days and push through the hard days because you know it’s worth it … Dare to dream. Dare to do. Dare to find out just how much God has in store for you” – You’re Made for a God-sized Dream.
Lord, as I go forward in my God-sized dreams help me not become enamored with the dreams but the Dream-Giver! Let others see that my source of strength and hope through it all is Christ alone. Help this be (and continue to be) a reality in my life.