Does God Want You to Dream Big?

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.

The Apostles

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.”

Conclusion

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

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7 thoughts on “Does God Want You to Dream Big?

  1. I think what needs to be interpreted here is the definition of what you mean, or what God means, by the word dream. Similar to a comparison of human justice to God’s justice, human dreaming and God’s dreaming are likely rather different. So, does God want us to dream human big? Maybe, but if He does the source of that dream is likely His will, rather than the fear motivated, security seeking desires of the human mind. In other words, perhaps God wants you to dream of being an influential individual that you might spread the good news of His love, but most likely any dreams you have of such ambitions are entirely yours.

    All of this to say that, in the end, I agree with your conclusions. God likely wants us to dream of a life of satisfaction, where we are pleased and joyful to have Him in our lives no matter the state our lives are in. An individual living in contented joy can just as easily, through example, spread the peace of God to those who observe them as can an individual actively preaching. So, whether you dream big or small, I think God will love and support you as long as you are content in Him.

    • Indeed, even if a person’s dreams are destined to be and they garner the kind of attention they desire, I would think God has allowed that person a significant platform for the purpose of them helping people turn their attention towards God and the gospel. But ultimately without the platform, just as you said, a contented joy can just as easily spread the peace of God.

      Peace to you in Christ. 🙂

  2. First of all, thank you for dropping by my post because it led me to all the wonderful facts you’ve been sharing in this blog. I’m really interested in studying scripture in order to be more equipped in sharing the Gospel especially to those who have lot of questions.

    Second, I also see how you respond to those who disagree with you and I admire you for always showing gentleness and respect. I admit that my emotions get the best of me sometimes so thank you for setting a good example. I pray that more Christians take on this approach instead of turning into keyboard warriors.

    Third, I agree with you on this! I hope you don’t mind me sharing about an experience we’ve had in our dance ministry.
    We’ve been together for a few years. We’ve practiced together and grew together spiritually and artistically. A year ago, we wanted to enter competitions but they never really fit in our schedule because we chose to focus on events in church. It would have been great to enter competitions and maybe even win, but God had other plans for us. Participating in our events meant simpler routines but they connected with people more, which made it easier for us to share the Gospel to them. Indeed, when we focus on God rather than our dreams, He can really work through us to reach out to more people.

    • Hi N. Thank you for your comment. Sorry for the late response. I think that’s wonderful you’re looking to study scripture to better be able share with others more who have questions. Definitely important to just read often and take time understanding what’s being specifically stated and what it all means in context.

      I appreciate your noting of my respectfulness in response to people. I do my best to be understanding of people’s different perspectives whilst also politely offering extra thoughts for their consideration. I find that open’s people minds more than saying how wrong someone is.

      I think that’s wonderful with the different path your dance group took it was able to help with reaching more people with the Gospel. I’m glad you recognize the importance of focusing on God over dreams, and seeing your purpose as something bigger than yourself.

      Peace to you in Christ. 🙂

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