Dreams that Shape the City / Day 17


Ephesians 3: 20-21 (MSG)

God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.


Yesterday we thought about how, when we receive a dream or vision from God, we don’t often get the whole picture up front.  We get a snapshot or an outline but not the details.  However, the dream is enough to get us started, to inspire us to action, to take the first step forward into whatever the outcome might be.   If we wait for all the information up-front, we'll never get moving.

I’m visually short sighted but only wear glasses when driving.  Without them, things in the distance appear blurry and indistinguishable.  However as I walk closer they come into focus, I see the intricacies and design.  Our dreams from God are like that.  As we take action and move closer, He begins to fill in the details.  It becomes more focused.  He starts to define the dream. 

However, another thing happens as we move closer to anything.  We see it according to its correct scale and size.  For example, imagine you are in Paris and you’re looking at the Eiffel Tower from two miles away.  From a distance it might look impressive, however it probably won’t look all that imposing or grand.  Stand right next to it though and you see just how huge and magnificent a structure it actually is.

In the same way, as we move towards the dream God has given us, it often increases in size and scope.  Think about Joseph.  As great as Joseph’s dreams were at the age of 17, I don’t think he could ever have imagined that by the time he was 30 years old, he would be promoted to become the second most influential leader on earth. He became a spiritual and physical provider to his family, to a nation, and to the world.

The same has happened in the past year in regards to our dream for the Compassion Centre.  Initially the plan was for a one floor building on its own piece of land.  However, in defining the dream during the delay, the scale and scope of it has increased significantly.  The intention is now to build a three floor 1200 square metre centre connected to the main church building.  The remit of what the building will be used for has also become much wider.  We’ll see what this looks like in the next few days.  We have realised that as amazing as our original dream was, God’s dream was bigger, and we are now seeking to step into the expansive vision He carries in His heart for our church and city. 

If we’re being honest, most of us would never be accused of dreaming too big.  We are often more conscious of our weaknesses and shortcomings than our abilities, skills and gifts and so we limit ourselves to a dream which seems more realistic and attainable.  However, a God-sized dream will always be bigger and greater than anything we could ever accomplish on our own.  It will also probably terrify us.  That’s what will cause us to depend more on the Father to see it come to fruition and fulfilment. 

Whatever your dream is today, ask yourself is it ‘me-sized’ or ‘God-sized’.  Don't settle for anything less than His dream.