by Calven Celliers
I just love this song by Casting Crowns, it’s called Dream For You. Before you carry on reading this post, take a listen, let the lyrics ignite the excitement of potential in your spirit, and then let’s share in some of my thoughts on God-sized dreams…
As I listened to that song, I was reminded of the apostle Paul’s words to the Corinthians when he quoted the prophet Isaiah to them saying, “9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him…”” (1 Corinthians 2:9NIV)
That itch in your heart to live for something greater was put there for a reason, to draw you closer to God and to enlarge the boundaries of His Kingdom. We all long to live with more purpose, passion, and joy. Yet in the middle of our hectic lives, the God-sized dreams that have the potential to lead us into the fulfilment of all that God has planned for us are the very ones that tend to get lost.
If you’re anything like me, you find it easy to dismiss them as impossible before you even start. There are many roadblocks that can prevent us from pursuing our God-sized dreams, including fear, doubt, procrastination and confusion.
The first step to pursuing your God-sized dreams, however, is to quite simply acknowledge them, no matter how big and unlikely they may seem. Remember this, if God has put a desire in your heart, He will provide everything that you need to achieve it. It is a process that usually starts and ends with prayer. Pray as often and as much as you can. Pray for clarity of purpose, for wisdom to do the right thing and for strength to do it at the right time. There are times when we can’t see the full story and don’t know what’s around the next bend, that is where our obedience and faith come into play. You have to believe that God, who placed this dream in your heart, will provide all that you need at the right time.
Pursuing God-sized dreams ensure your growth. God is not just interested in what you can accomplish for Him, but in who you are becoming along the way.
God-size dreams also force us to invite others into a bigger story. The gap between God’s calling and our ability allows us to include others in a significant way; enabling them and us to experience the power of the body of Christ like never before. An integral part of realizing our dreams, is to seek wise counsel. It’s not enough to just ask for advice, you also have to consider what you have been told. Review it in line with what you believe God has placed in your heart and His Word.
God-sized dreams always bring God glory, not us. You know God is up to something big when He plants His dreams in our hearts, and it’s so much bigger than us. If we were able to achieve our dreams in our own strength, we would readily take and receive the glory. But when we stand at the base of an impossible mountain, shaking in our boots, knowing full well our legs could never carry us to the summit, we are forced to rely on God and praise Him for every step he enables us to take along the way. In the end, our calling shines the light on an infinitely powerful God who is enlarging His Kingdom through us day by day.
“Let Me show you what I can do, when I dream for you. I have a dream for you.”
(Dream For You – Casting Crowns)