May 24, 2004
"Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it
is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).
"Follow your dreams" is a very common theme. In movies
and in literature we continually encounter characters
who discover that there is more to life than the
circumstances they find themselves in. Through a
variety of means these people move beyond their dismal
existences in search of their dreams.
I have just finished reading the book, "Dream Giver"
by Bruce Wilkenson, the author of the best-seller,
"Prayer of Jabez." Wilkensen believes that every human
being has a dream – something or some things that they
were particularly made for. "Dream Giver" tells the
story of Ordinary in the land of Familiar, who upon
being visited by the Dream Giver, discovers a dream in
his heart and sets out to be a Somebody. After much
consideration, Ordinary leaves the comfort zone of
Familiar in search of his dream.
Through parable and teaching, Wilkensen describes what
he believes most people go through as they pursue
their dreams. He gives helpful advice based on
biblical passages, his own experience, and the
experiences of others.
But does each and every person on earth actually have
a dream given to them by God? Are not truly
significant accomplishments reserved for the few
special people in the world? Maybe Wilkenson's book is
helpful only for those to whom it applies. Would it
not be better if we could just learn to be content
with our lives, instead of wishing and hoping for
To answer this question, we need to start with
understanding why we exist. I know that this is a big
question, but it need not be complicated. If we accept
a biblical view of life, we know that when God created
people, he didn't just stick us on earth to exist. He
commissioned us to care for his creation.
Throughout the Tenach (Old Testament), we read about
how God called his people to live lives in contrast to
the prevailing cultures of the day. Time and time
again he would send prophets to confront the society
in which they lived. God was seeking to build a people
who would never accept that the way things were was
the way they were supposed to be. They were to always
live being mindful of God's perspective of the world,
learning to become his representatives, who would
bring his reality to wherever they lived.
When Yeshua the Messiah came, he taught his followers
to dream as they were to pray for a world so different
from what they knew.
"Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth
as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).
When Wilkensen writes of each person possessing a
dream, he is actually referring to the prompting of
God in our lives to participate in his desire to
change the world.
The dreams that God gives us may not be the kind of
movies and books, though of course, they might be.
Most of the time they will seem impossible to us and
to those who know us. But because God is real, we need
not be concerned about our limitations. What we need
to do is clarify what God is saying to us. Accepting
his call in our lives is the beginning of our
realizing our dreams.