Remember when you were a kid and you had all those great dreams for what you would do when you grew up? President, astronaut, pilot…
What happened to those dreams? Did they come true? Were they tempered? Abandoned completely?
Sadly, so many of our big dreams are lost as we grow up. Reality strikes, the naysayers get to us, we settle for less than our big dream once demanded of us.
This doesn’t just happen in our personal lives. I believe it has happened in the Church too.
Jesus proclaimed his mission in Luke 4 to free captives, heal the sick and preach to the outcast. If you read further in that passage of Isaiah he was quoting you see the big dream that was attached to that mission, “They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” (Isaiah 61: 4)
After his resurrection, as Jesus was preparing to go into heaven, he commissioned the disciples to fulfill the big dream.
Luckily, the early church was getting it: they were living radically different lives that focused on loving God and neighbor. But then the Church started to grow up. The boundless dreams of childhood faded away and reality set in. The naysayers got to us and we settled for less. We stopped believing God’s power at work in us could do more than we could imagine or dream.
When will the church reclaim God’s big dream?
Take 2 minutes to get some inspiration from this video by Dan Stevers, one of my favorite church motion graphics guys.