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September 27, 2017, 8:04 AM

Dream Big



Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days” (Acts 2:17-18a).

Great accomplishments usually begin with the pursuit of a dream. The future is shaped by the visions held dear in our hearts. There is tremendous power in a dream. When you believe a picture of the future, and that picture bleeds out of your heart – not because you have to or ought to accomplish it, but because you intensely want to – it blows wind in your sails and directs the course of your life. Believe it or not, it can also direct the course of history.

Quite a few dreams have done that, both positively and negatively. Chip Ingram notes, “Alexander the Great dreamed of ruling the world, and his conquests have shaped Western civilization forever. (Our New Testament, for example, is written in Greek because of his empire’s expansion.) Persecuted Christians and political malcontents dreamed of a land of protection and freedom, and their colonial territories in the Americas have flourished... Hitler dreamed of establishing the superiority of his race, and the resulting war devastated half the world, deeply scarred the Jewish people, and shaped the political landscape to this day. Martin Luther King dreamed of a society without racism, and his efforts helped define a movement that radically altered American culture for the better. (It’s no coincidence that King’s greatest speech is best known for this one phrase: ‘I have a dream.’)”

A dream, whether for good or for evil, whether of an individual or a group, can be a mighty influence. We see the same dynamic in church history. Paul dreamed of preaching Christ before philosophers and emperors, and the church spread throughout Asia and Europe. Hudson Taylor dreamed of reaching China’s interior with the gospel, and the underground Chinese church is flourishing today. Dwight Moody had a dream for the youth of Chicago and ended up launching a church, establishing a network of schools, and cultivation an evangelistic movement. Phineas F. Bresee dreamed of ministering to the poor, the outcast, and the marginalized of Los Angeles with a powerful message of hope and holiness in Christ, and the Church of the Nazarene was born. Those are just a few examples among the many throughout history. Great works almost always begin with great dreams.

What is your dream? It doesn’t matter if you’re seven or seventy-seven; your heart should be captivated by a vision of how to serve God and accomplish something great for his kingdom.

Let us join in prayer: Almighty God, give us your Holy Spirit that we may learn what your eternal will is and frame our whole lives in obedience to it, to your honor and glory, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens


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