“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” –Walt Disney
Congregations sometimes struggle with planning for the future. While there are many reasons for that, a number of those reasons come down to one factor: fear.
We are afraid we don’t have enough money.
We are afraid we won’t grow.
We are afraid that, even though this change has nothing to do with Scripture, people simply will not accept change.
So, we sit back and keep doing what we are doing. Or we make some plans, but they are not challenging in the least.
Of course, we must have a sense of realism, but may I remind us all today that there is no way we could ever out-dream God? Paul wrote of God that He “is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). My paraphrase of that? Whatever your biggest dreams are, they aren’t close to what God can accomplish!
Don’t believe me?
The dream of Jesus was that literally every person on earth would hear of Him, and when He said that, it was addressed to a grand total of 12 people (Matthew 28:19-20).
The Spirit-inspired vision of a congregation is that every member “attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). A congregation isn’t what God dreams of until each member looks just like Jesus!
Christ desired that His people be so unified that people would see the resemblance of the Father and the Son in all His people (John 17:21). Perfect unity for all believers is the dream.
The point is this: when someone puts forward an idea that seems too out-there or too difficult, it is so often just shot down by those who are frightened by the prospect of something that audacious.
But whatever dreams we have, they have never been as large as those of our heavenly Father, who “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). If you and the congregation where you attend are not dreaming dreams that big, you just aren’t dreaming big enough.
Or, maybe, your view of God isn’t big enough.
It’s time we tried to dream like He does, and it’s time we started trusting that He will bless our efforts in His name, no matter how large they may be.
AUTHOR: Adam Faughn