It seems that true followers of Jesus often have dreams
for their lives that are unexplainable.
These dreams or desires come from the very depths
of the soul and are a part of who the person is.
The dreams may flow a little vaguely sometimes
or they may be perfectly understandable.
But they are deep within.
Some would call them callings for a life.
It’s a drive that is unexplainable, but I believe
it is formed in a person’s heart by God.
It is interesting that often these dreams,
put into us by God, are asked to be relinquished.
I’ve experienced it.
It’s as though God says, “I’ve given you a dream.
Are you willing to let it go?
Are you willing for there to be only Me
and no other gods, or dreams, higher than me?
Are you willing to let go of what runs deep inside you?”
These times in life are defining moments of our faith.
We have a choice. Will we believe God
or will we elevate the dream that we hold so dearly,
that is so much a part of who we are?
Think of Abraham and the promised calling and
dream in his life – his son, Isaac.
Abraham’s dream was from God.
He was asked to give it up.
Consider Moses and his deep heart of compassion
for his people bound in slavery.
His dream was to help his people.
But God took him away into the wilderness
where he worked as a shepherd as his people
toiled in oppression for another forty years
while Moses learned to trust.
But the Giver of the dream,
the One who is more valuable than the calling,
is also the Giver of Life.
After the seed of a dream is given up, is buried, and dies,
God gives it life.
It’s at this point that the Christian knows this dream
is no longer his own.
It is only God’s to do with as He pleases.
God often asks us to prove that He is all we need.
We need no identity in a calling or mission.
In fact, we are not even worthy of the calling.
We need no fulfilment other than the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
When a calling is surrendered and rebirthed by God,
it is His alone.
We are free, not bound to a dream within ourselves,
but bound only to Jesus Christ.
“Not that we are adequate in ourselves
to consider anything as coming from ourselves,
but our adequacy is from God.”
2 Corinthians 3:5