There is lots of discussion these days about finding our dreams and destinies. The question that comes to play is “Are they dreams/destinies we have planned [that we want God to bless] or are they ones God has put in our heart?”
In Timothy Keller’s sermon he describes the difference between having a concept of God and a “God-quake.” A concept of God is where you fit God into your agenda, a God-quake such as Isaiah and others in the Bible had, is where their agenda went out the window. Read Isaiah’s God-quake:
Isaiah 6:1-8 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Now that is a God quake!
So on the subject of dreams and desires – are they from a God concept or a God-quake?
My friend Roxanne lives her life in such a way that demonstrates her God-quake. She views her life through the Kingdom of God and yet is always asking God for more revelation for her life. She has been rocked by God forever. She wrote:
The commentator for the Oregon duck game said “their quarterback needed to be selfish and run the ball” soon after that, Mariota did just that and long story short, they won the game. Can you hear the truth in this for your life? Instead of passing off our “game” to benefit others (which is a noble act) We need to take the ball and run it ourselves! It’s not being selfish but quite the opposite. It brings more to table for all to share in. It builds the teams confidence and esteem and encourages others in their game! This is how a team becomes victorious!
I also asked the participants of the following conversation from Facebook if I could share their thoughts on my blog and they said yes. It was initiated by Paul Lotze and he wrote:
I’ve been thinking about what this means and looks like. How do all of you interpret this? I really value your opinions!
I don’t dream about building a big ministry. I dream about building big people. ~Bill Johnson Quotes
I think that a big ministry or business is a byproduct of building big people, however, building big people must be the priority. I think I would build big people by partnering in, giving support, and encouraging THEIR dream. Conversely, if I sought to build a big business or ministry first, I would want to convince others to follow my dream.
Shells Lesher – I agree with you Paul. Encouraging and empowering those around us is the best way to display our love for them. Even if you have a specific vision you always need to work as a team or even better as a family, cultivating each others strengths. Creating an environment where this is the normal way to relate to each other is the best way to create a ministry. That way you not only have a vision and goal but an outsider that looks in will naturally see God working through you.
Anonymous writer – I don’t believe in big ministry or perhaps I should say I’m not a fan of the term: ministry. I believe in seeing people as created by love to be love and therefore sharing love with the world. This looks different for everyone. I believe in telling people how love sees them and in speaking positive words into everyone’s life. In this way… people grow a little bit taller… and then become ballers. I think the best gathering place is around the dinner table, at the coffee shop, around the campfire… but love can abound anywhere really… I believe in valuing everyone.. . I could go on and on