Are Your Big Dreams as Big as Your God?
By Wayne Stiles
Life gets fueled on dreams. Without big dreams or a purpose, we wither and die.
As Christians, we have more to do than get up, work hard, and come home for a few hours of television . . . only to rise and begin again.
If that’s all we do, we will wake up at age 65 and realize life has amounted to a stack of paychecks and a few laughs.
God wants more for us than that.
Where Big Dreams Come From
The Apostle Paul had lived about 50 years when he penned his letter to the Christians living in Rome.
With three missionary journeys under his belt, six books of Scripture to his credit, and thousands of people impassioned for God, Paul held quite a portfolio in his hands.
If Paul’s career had stopped right there, no one would have protested; everyone would have stood up and applauded. Many would see age 50 as about time to start coasting and counting the years until retirement.
But not Paul.
Paul had big dreams. He continued to imagine
how he could still do more for Christ. He wanted to go to Spain, the western limit of the Roman Empire. This represented bold and big dreams—audacious some might say!
But Paul had a big God. So Paul planned for Spain (oh, and he also wrote seven more New Testament letters).
“There is an important dimension to hanging tough that you dare not miss. It is the thing that keeps you going. I call it a dream.”—Charles R. Swindoll
God’s Dream and Ours
Christ’s Great Commission blesses us with an incredible purpose: “Make disciples of all the nations” (Matt. 28:19). Beyond making money, we need to purpose to make disciples—in our homes, in our churches and in our world.
In whatever ways you do that, those are your big dreams.
- So, what’s your “Spain”—what’s your passion?
- Do you have a purpose bigger than yourself?
- Is that purpose as big as your God?
If your big dreams are for God’s glory, you cannot fail.
Question: What big dreams do you live for? Please leave a comment.
Adapted from Wayne Stiles, Going Places with God: A Devotional Journey Through the Lands of the Bible (Ventura, CA: Regal, 2006), p. 116. Used by permission.