Big God . . . Big Dreams
By Reverend Alan Fuller
Have you ever thought about just how big God’s dream for your life really is?
Too many times, I think we, as Christians, don’t have a vision. I know that a lot has been said about Proverbs 29:18, which says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” And even some has been said on Habakkuk 2:2, where God speaks to Habakkuk and says, “Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” But I think we need to clarify where the vision comes from.
Just a few weeks ago, I had a fellow church member ask me about vision. He said, “Do we have a church vision?” When I answered, “I don’t think we have one written out,” he replied with, “Can we get one?” Now, at first, I thought this was a teaching method that he was attempting to use on me. But then he reiterated plainly with, “I don’t think we can get this church where it needs to be without a vision. Can you help me learn about vision?”
And so I did. And so this article came out of it. Do we, as Christians, really know where the vision comes from?
All too often, we pay no attention to the dreams that God has for our lives. We visualize, imagine, and carry on, and read other people’s visions for their churches and lives. We’ve even been known to take a prophetic word that someone else has spoken over our lives and rely on that as the basis to our vision.
But God has a dream for us.
Now, if we’re sanctified and set apart, according to the Word, then we can still have vain imaginations. The Bible says that in Romans 1:21, when were still sinners, or “gentiles,” we didn’t glorify God. Instead, we became vain in our imaginations and our foolish hearts were darkened. But in 2nd Corinthians 10:15, we’re commanded to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and to bring every thought into captivity to God.
So if our souls are saved, then isn’t our imagination saved? I mean, our soul consists of, for the most part, our mind, will, and emotions. So if the imagination is part of the mind, and our souls are saved, then are our imaginations saved? Perhaps they are. But are they sanctified and set apart? You can be saved, and still not be sanctified. The Bible implies it when we read about putting aside the weight of sin that so easily besets us. Paul was talking to the saved here, folks.
My only concern is that we, as Christians, need to make sure where we’re hearing from. Yes, I have a vision for my ministry. But if it looks more like it would please my flesh above pleasing God, then I need to check my motives. And if my motives aren’t pure, then this particular aspect of the vision is not a God-driven one. Shouldn’t we be certain that our dreams are of God before we start taking steps to make them a reality? I mean I can have all the money in the world. But if I’m not using it to bless others, supply their needs, and show them the love of Christ, then the money is worthless. On the other hand, if I have billions of dollars and I use it all for orphanages, nursing homes, homes for troubled teens, homeless shelters, and a sanctuary for a small group of bible study participants, then I’m doing well. True religion (or spirituality), according to James 1:27, is visiting the fatherless and the widowed, and keeping myself pure before God. If my motives aren’t pure, then my works aren’t pure. And if my works aren’t pure, then my religion is not pure. And if my religion isn’t pure, then I may need to check my relationship with God.
Let’s do what the Word says, instead of just hearing about it. God does have a dream for our lives, and He can reveal it to us in many varied ways. But as long as our imaginations are vain, exalting themselves against the knowledge of God, then our vision is not God’s dream for our lives.
Just as my friend did a few weeks ago, let’s question the motive behind our imaginations before we run off calling them visions.
Alan Fuller was born again at the age of 16, and received his prayer language at the age of 21. He has been trained as a Personal Life Coach, a State Registered Nurse's Aide, and a Private Real Property Investor. Currently, Alan is an ordained Reverend, and continues his Christian studies at the Online Bible College.
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