Posted by: Pastor J Jacobs on Sun, Jul 23, 2017
What should I give up? What should I lay down? What should I do more? …If I really loved, God wouldn’t I be more like so-and-so? That one really has it figured out.
She used to feel guilty about not leading enough, sacrificing volunteering enough, helping enough around Church. She was much happier, she explains, when she could physically do something for the Kingdom. When she felt like she was tangibly pleasing God with her time, money, energy, worship, and work.
But since that time, her worldview has shifted.
Here is what I think: Maybe God doesn’t so much want things from us.
Maybe God actually wants things for us.
After all, God imagined us for love and for beauty, for life and for wholeness, for goodness and for mercy. You were made in the image of God. The Holy Spirit stirred over the waters, deep calling to deep.
God yearns like a father, like a mother, for us to be free.
God is Love, yes, and so God wants to lavish friendship and meaning and abundant life upon us, to help us to see this old world like the new world God envisions.
God wants us to be truly human, the way Jesus walked for and with us. Even the wrath of God isn’t something to fear, but something to welcome – that wrath is coming against the very things in us that bring death and destruction.
Stasi Eldredge, bestselling author and co-founder of Ransomed Heart ministries, also reminds us of how our dreams and desires (not just our burdens and sacrifices) are used and beloved by God. In Why You Need to Be Free to Dream a Little, she writes,
God dreams big. And he invites us to dream big with him. God has planted dreams and desires in each one of our hearts, and they are unique to us. Opening up our spirits, our minds, our hearts, our imaginations to what we would really like—to even the possibility of wanting—allows the Holy Spirit to awaken parts of ourselves that are in such a deep sleep no dreams are happening.
God is a Dreamer. He has dreams of you and for you.
When we think of God, do we envision him as a dreamer? Or do we picture a sober judge, a stern, white-bearded monarch? Do we picture a warrior? A shepherd? Perhaps God is all of those things – but he is also the God of Genesis 1 who breathed, spoke, painted the entire universe into existence! Eldredge continues:
Awakening and owning the dreams that God has placed in our hearts isn’t about getting stuff or attaining something. It’s about embracing who we are and who he has created us to be. In Him. He is our dream come true and the one true love of our life. But we can’t love him with our whole hearts when our hearts are asleep. To love Jesus means to risk coming awake, to risk wanting and desiring.
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