“May Our Dream Be God’s Will”
When many dream about the future of their local church, they envision a huge auditorium filled with worshipers and increasing space to fit the droves that are coming to praise the Lord. I have heard many dreams of how amazing it would be to fill up Bryant-Denny or Jordan-Hare stadium with Christians worshiping together. And I get it. Each individual is a soul that needs to know the Lord and I want that to represent a huge number in our community. And these dreams represent a picture that I look forward to when in heaven God will gather multitudes of every tribe, tongue, and nation to worship Him together as one. But does our dream of growing our church to thousands of people and having to build more and bigger buildings coincide with God’s will?
Now I am for anything that helps win people to Christ and I definitely would be happy the more worshipers we had. But walk with me through a slightly different dream for a minute. What if we dreamed that our church would be a place that equipped others so well to love God and love others that their lives were a constant witness and the Gospel was being shared every day? What if we dreamed that our church was so broken for those that were hurting that we had to constantly send people to other parts of the country and world to plant churches and reach the unreached? What if we dreamed that our church had a culture where every single person was praying and seeking out the will of God in their life? What if instead of dreaming and praying for an external picture of success, we started dreaming and praying for internal heart transformation and trusted God with the results? What if we dreamed that God would transform our community in our church, but He would also send people out to transform the world? What if we dreamed about being faithful and God being pleased with how we stewarded what He has given us?
Again, I hope our local church is filled with more and more worshipers. But may it never be said that my dreams were focused on the success of my local church or my personal ministry. We must want what God wants and our dreams must focus on glorifying God and helping others live in all the fullness and joy of having a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. We need to pray specifically for what God’s will is for our church. But I know that if our dream becomes self-exalting, then it is of man and not of God. If our dream is for God’s glory and walking in step with the Spirit, well that is a church that I love to be a part of. May our hearts align with God’s heart for what pleases Him in our church.
It’s a joy to serve with you all,