Christians Don’t Have to Dream
Before I dive in, I’d like to provide a brief context for us.
Utilizing twitter a lot, I see Christian dudes trying to gain followers. Some just really want numbers. It must be satisfying to have an appearance of wisdom or something by providing a fat follower stat. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have others interested in you as a friendly, teachable person, but I see Christians selling out.
Some post only what people want to hear. Typically, those with more followers will not post meaty content, but milky content. I know you have seen these kinds of Christians online. You know exactly what I mean, even though it’s bold to say. I’ll admit it.
The way that some are selling out can be seen by their shallow, fluffy content. The biggest phrase I’ve come across is, “follow your dreams.” They say to dream big. “Don’t let things get in the way of your dreams. Make your dreams happen.” That sort of stuff.
What I need is more clarification about what they mean.
I’m not quick to disregard their message. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Where does the Bible say to dream big for God? Where does it say to not let anything get in the way of your dreams? Only follow your dreams if your dream is Christ; otherwise, don’t follow it.
Haven’t we been crucified with Christ? Don’t follow your heart—follow God’s heart! May we desire what he desires. May we love what he loves, and hate what he hates.
Really, we must understand how God works.
I believe this type of worldly content I’m speaking of here has to do with misunderstanding how God does what he does in using us as his hands and feet. Instead of trying to dream up something big for God then asking him to bless it and be a part of it with you, we must rather die to self, take up our cross, see where he is at work to join his work.
(I first learned this revelation years ago from the Experiencing God workbook study, composed by Henry and Richard Blackaby, and Claude King. You can see Scripture arguments, ramifications, and such inside.)
Have you ever asked for God’s blessing regarding a certain dream without seeing it come to fruition? It’s probably because he has a better dream for you—it is himself, right where you are today.
We get God!
What does the Word of God say? “You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions,” (James 4:2-3).
Is a vocation or occupation getting in the way of what God is leading you to? What about the men in Matthew 4:18-22? They left their occupation, even a family member (v. 22), to follow God and join his work.
Hearing about each other’s dreams isn’t something I’m going to say is not important. There’s some real feelings attached to those that wouldn’t build up if we disregarded them. Although, I want to steer you to God. Steering each other away from God’s work today, towards some wishful thinking that God may not have for you, isn’t really worth your time.
Let us have God-centered, real fellowship about what God is doing! Where is he already at work? How can we join this work? Christian dudes need to be tweeting about this more. Let us exhort one another in truth, rather than wishing.
If you’re a Christian, you don’t have to dream. God exists, and God is with us. The Creator of heaven and earth is the most supreme being. Nothing compares to his presence. And we have him with us. He is at work all around us. Are you seeing him unfold things, moving, and saving souls?
If this sort of dreaming is what people are talking about, then I am all for you chasing your dreams—seeing where God is working, and joining his work. But if it’s a different kind of dream, it may not be God’s dream.
Let’s talk about it.