Of course we can’t help the kind that we have in our sleep, but what about the kind when we’re awake? Does God really want you to dream big and go after the things that you want to achieve in life as you hear so many Christian athletes and other famous Christians tell you? It’s an interesting thing to ponder. A pondering that perhaps has no real answer. But as always, I’m going to offer you my take based on all of my scriptural knowledge.
When I think of this question, I first think about the modest humble beginnings of some of the Apostles. Like how some of the Apostles were just merely fisherman, doing their day to day living until Jesus came walking and brought them along for the ride of changing the world. Then I think about what was Jesus telling people during His time. And I reflect on the fact that he spoke of men and women dedicating their lives to God through holiness of living and piety.
I think about the journeys the Apostles went on after Jesus left them to continue the cause of the Gospel. They were getting beaten and jailed, people arguing with them and walking away from them. I can’t imagine the silent discouragement they may have struggled not to feel at times. Even with the negative perceptions directed to us as Christians sometimes today, most of us have never faced the backlash that occurred back then.
Chasing after God
But were any of these things happening dreams necessarily? I would look at these things more as chasing after God more than chasing after dreams. These journeys of getting all people to connect with God simultaneously as these Apostles were seeking and having deeper connection with God through their committing their life to spreading His gospel. Now of course this is not to suggest we all should travel the world spreading the Gospel, more so to suggest any focus on dreams should be second to focus on God.
Though there’s still the question lingering here. With making focus of God remaining number one in everything, can one also still believe God wants them to dream big? Well, we certainly have the freedom to pursue whatever endeavors we want to in life, most of us at least. But I think there’s something to be said about the modest living of the Christians during the scriptural times. In 1 Thessalonians 4:11, Apostle Paul stated to the Christians at the Thessalonian church “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,”
Now prior to this verse Apostle Paul was commending them for loving one another as brothers, and in order to excel more in that, he states of them to lead a quiet life, attend to their own business, and do work, so that one can appear properly behaved to outsiders and not be in need from them. The word need sticks out to my eyes. It seems to follow what Apostle Paul stated in other letters about having contentment with having our needs. As Apostle Paul stated to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:8, “If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.”
What I’m suggesting for the conclusion of whether God wants one to dream big, is that perhaps it’s more that God wants us to live our faith big. Sacrificing of ourselves in love to God and love to our neighbors through obedience to His Word. Then to also be content in however the circumstances of our lives turn out, whether whatever dreams you may have that you would enjoy achieving one day happen or not. Because ultimately the greater purpose for all of us as Christians is the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the pleasing of God through dedication to our faith. Through faith, we will always have fulfillment.
Peace to all those who are in Christ