It’s Never Too Late to Start Dreaming

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be!  -James Allen

The first step in finding your vision is to dream. God loves dreamers. Dreamers bring about the changes our world so desperately needs. God uses dreamers to turn dying churches into vibrant communities of excited, effective people. God taught Abraham how to dream.

He took Abraham outside of his tent and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them. . . . So shall your descendants be.” When Abraham caught the vision and believed, God commended him and “reckoned it to him as righteousness”  – Genesis 15: 5-6

God wanted Abraham to have a clear picture of the end result of His promise. If Abraham should catch that vision, he would be able to see it come to pass in this world. God’s heart never changes. He still wants His children to catch clear pictures of the end results of His promises. He understands that in order for us to be it, we have to see it. And by faith, we catch sight of God’s foresight.

In Joel 2: 28, God lets us in on one aspect of the Holy Spirit’s ministry to us in the last days: And it will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

Zero in with me on the phrase, “your old men will dream dreams.”Let me suggest just one application for this promise: It’s never too late to start dreaming again!

Many in the church have stopped dreaming, and without dreamers there can be no visionaries. Nothing changes until someone starts to dream.

Maybe you think it’s too late for you, that you’ll never amount to anything. I have good news for you. One reason why the Holy Spirit is being poured out on us as Christians in these days is so we can dream again! A church will never outgrow its vision, and no vision will ever exceed the church leaders’ability to dream. So dream big dreams for God!

Some of us have lost motivation because we have stopped dreaming about the wonderful things God can do for our churches, our families and our future. When Disney World in Orlando opened some years ago, the widow of the great entrepreneur stood with one of the engineers of the expansive new entertainment complex, gazing at its magnificence and beauty. The engineer, in a genuine effort to honor one of our country’s greatest innovators, turned toward Mrs. Disney and remarked, “Boy, I wish Walt could have seen this!”

Without taking her eyes off the sprawling play land, she replied, “He did. That’s why it’s here.”

God wants us to start dreaming again. That’s the beginning of God-glorifying vision. Dream up the best you can for your life. If you are a pastor, dream up the best vision you can for the church. Fast-forward the tape of your mind 10 years down the road. If you had no restrictions whatsoever, what could you see for your church? Make the dream as lofty as you can. Even if it seems outrageous, fix it in your mind.

Got it? Now read this verse from The Living Bible:

Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. – Ephesians  3: 20

Do you see what the Lord is saying? Go ahead, dream the biggest dreams you can, because as big as you can dream, God’s dreams for you will always be bigger!

The above is an excerpt from Pastor Wayne Cordeiro’s book, Doing Church as a Team. This month with Mentoring Leaders, we’re exploring the topic of change – personal, communal, continual. 

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