The world consists of dreamers. Every organization, corporation, charitable endeavor, and religious ministry has come about because someone had a dream. What about God-sized dreams? A God-sized dream is an idea put in a person’s mind and heart that is so big that only God can make it happen.
So, what are the elements in a God-sized dream?
1. There is a strong desire to see something done that is is not limited by a person’s own ability or knowledge.
2. It is not decided by money. A person with such a desire will not say, “This won’t happen because I do not have enough money.”
3. A person with a dream given by God will move forward with whatever little he or she has, trusting that God will provide the resources, opportunities, and people to cross their path at the right time.
4. There will be a burning desire to do something whether it pays or not.
5. It is something that will outlive the individual. It will continue to impact the lives of other people long after the “dreamer” has passed away.
6. Most importantly, a God-sized dream will bring glory to God in two ways: He is the one who made it happen, and it will bear fruit in terms of people coming to know the Lord.
There are plenty of examples of dreamers. James Irwin looked out the window many nights as a small child and thought about going to the moon. Several decades later he walked on it, as part of the Apollo missions. Harlan Sanders had a dream of opening restaurants. At the age of 65 he invested his first social security check and started what became Kentucky Fried Chicken. Bill Gates dreamed about how computers could revolutionize the world and started Microsoft. Joel M. Bauer had a dream to begin a website ministry, which is what you are looking at right at this moment. This author had a dream of becoming a speaker and professional published writer, both of which happened in ways that only God could have orchestrated.
We need more Christians who are dreamers to the glory of God. Maybe you have a God-given dream but have never stopped to consider what it might be. Ask yourself some questions.
1. What could I be doing with my life compared to what I am doing now?
2. How can God put my life to the best use?
3. What would I like to do more than anything else, whether it pays or not?
4. Where would I like to see God take my life in the next 10-20 years?
Then surrender it all to God by acknowledging that you would be willing to give it all up if it is not his desire for you.
God must be more important than your dream. If your dream becomes an idol it was not given by God. No matter how excited you may be about seeing your dream unfold, God will still be your greatest treasure and delight.
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Why are more Christians not dreamers? Are they afraid to dream big for the glory of God? Are they caught up with too many distractions and cares of the world to take time out to just dream? Are they too content with the way things are and the way their life is going to think that maybe God has something better in store?
So, young and old alike, just dream, dream, dream. God loves you so much that he wants you to live to your fullest potential and experience the thrill of seeing his dream for you unfold. Claim Ephesians 3:20.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”
Set aside a time to dream with quiet and no distractions on a regular basis. Let God speak to your heart. Ask him to give you a burning desire to do something for his glory. Ask him how he can put your life to the best use. Don’t allow your past, no matter how bad you think it might be, to hold you back. God can take your life and put it back together again, with a renewed hope and vision. Put money and your own personal abilities totally out of the picture. What are some things that come to mind? Write them down. Then take that first step. God will lead the way.