Jon's Blog

Mud puddles or 
real dreams...
Our personal dreams can seem so big at times. Our visions of what the future should look like feel so important. We hold up our dreams as if they are gods, and we dedicate everything to bring them to pass —but in reality they are shallow dreams. Mud puddles. Real dreams involve seeing the lost saved. Real dreams involve seeing the spiritually dead live again.  
  
Smucker, Shawn (2013-07-01). Dying Out Loud: No Guilt in Life, No Fear in Death  (Kindle, 2092-2094). 
Influence Resources. Kindle Edition. 

These words are written by missionaries, Stan and Elle Steward, about a land where less than 1% of the population knows Jesus, many have never even seen or heard the gospel - ever! And so this missionary family moved there to be used by God in the harvest field. Imagine, they took Jesus at His word in Luke 10 - prayed for workers to be sent, and then went.

When was the last time I asked God to send me into His harvest field rather than one of my own choosing? When have I been willing to be so abandoned to my ambitions and goals that I put the map in God's hands and waited for Him to send me out? 

The words of the missionaries above - they convict me, challenge me.  They we are given one life to live in the world. That we are not to live it alone, but have been given the life of Christ to live within and through us - IF we are first willing to die, to be crucified (Galatians 2:20). Only when we have experienced the death and resurrection of Christ in our life, will we begin to dream real dreams, His dream, of seeing the dead raised and the lost found. 

So my prayer today is this: am I crucified? Have I died to my own will and ways? To my dreams and ambitions? Am I dead to those gods, and ready to rise to new life where the one True God's will and ways are everything in me? Only then can I speak the apostle Paul's words as my own:

"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."         Galatians 2:20
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