If God is part of your life, this is an important message to share with others. It is dangerous to become a boring Christian. People who are dreamers finish well. We need to dream, for when we dream, energy flows into our lives through the Spirit. People will not only follow your speech, but the divine inspiration behind your words.
They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.” (Mark 8:22-26)
When Jesus touched the blind man’s eyes, he suddenly could see clearly. Similarly, our dreams are not always clear at first, but with Christ they can become reality.
- The ability to dream is important.
Abraham was a dreamer. God asked him to count the stars – an impossible task. In Genesis 28, Jacob had a dream very similar to the promise God made to his father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham. This happened at a time when his life was in crisis. God can inspire us to dream at any time.
Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz. (Genesis 28:10-19)
- Your dream gives you the strength to push through.
We are liable to care for our God-given dreams. Always focus on the positive rather than the negative to see your dream fulfilled.
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)
We need to be like Jabez – to pull through the pain and ask God to enlarge our territory in order to fulfill our dreams. Learn to dream, and know that with God, you are free to dream big.
- What is a finisher?
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30)
Jesus is the greatest Finisher of all time. God sent Jesus to redeem us, and He completed the task, taking suffering as it came in order to fulfill God’s dream to restore mankind. John the Baptist was another finisher who was faithful to God all the way to his gruesome death. Paul also kept the faith and finished the race (see 2 Timothy 4:7).
We need to be strong and have courage, mastering our fears in order to be a finisher.
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. (John 9:6-7)
Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. (Acts 9:18-19)
Sometimes we think too much, and we need to let God cleanse our eyes of the spiritual blindness brought on by the ways of the world in order to receive His miracle.
- You need to do your part
Dreams are a mixture of God’s intervention and your decision. Salvation is the work of the Spirit empowered by your decision to accept it.