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Is It Wrong For A Christian To Dream?

Is it wrong for a Christian to dream?

Or to put it another way, is it wrong for a Christian to pursue their dream?

The easy answer to this would be to say no and move on.  Of course it isn’t wrong for a Christian to dream.  Where would we be without being able to dream.  The problem we face is that it isn’t really a yes or no question.  Here’s why.

First, we have to determine our ultimate dream.

Jesus told us to see the kingdom first.  If I am pursuing my dream at the expense of seeking His kingdom, then it’s really in vain, right?  It doesn’t matter what I do here on earth.  It doesn’t matter what we accomplish.  The kingdom should come first for all of us.  Our dreams should move us further in our seeking the kingdom of God.

Second, whatever we do, we should do for God’s glory.

Obviously our dreams cannot conflict with this.  If our dream does not bring God glory, then perhaps we need to reevaluate our dream.  Our dream may be going in the opposite direction of what it should be.  Our dream must be measured against this.  Our dreams should bring God glory as much, if not more, than any other area of our life.

So the answer is yes, we should dream as long as our dreams are in alignment with what God wants in this world and brings Him praise and glory.  The answer is no if our dreams are in conflict with the life we profess and the Lord we claim.

Do you have a dream?  Does it conflict with the Lord’s purpose for you?

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  1. February 13, 2013 at 6:21 am

    These days, I’m dreaming of helping a small community in Guatemala. I’m returning to the town of Xenacoj this summer in hopes of making a bigger difference. Thanks for challenging me to think in terms of God’s Kingdom when it comes to my dreams.

    • February 13, 2013 at 6:49 am

      Jon, I can only do that because I am being challenged that way.

  2. February 13, 2013 at 6:50 am

    I think you are absolutely on the right track larry. I don’t think it is wrong to dream as long as that dream is fueled by God’s desire for me. I have a daughter who has taught for close to 15 years now, but feels as though God has led her through a “health wilderness” to lead her to possibly another career helping others with their health/nutrition. She is taking it slowly-investigating angles and possibilities & praying all along the way. If it is God’s dream for her she wants to go with it. But no matter what: for any dream God’s desire must be the focus.

    • February 13, 2013 at 6:56 am

      I think that is a problem I have faced. I have dreamed and expected God to join me, rather than joining God in plan for me.

  3. February 13, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Great point in the post and comments section about the dream chasing. Chasing after our dreams with the idea that what we have is on loan, placing our trust in that which is eternal and sure are helpful attitudes a Christian can embody during their pursuit.

    • February 14, 2013 at 5:46 am

      I like that, chasing our dreams with the idea that what we have is on loan. Thanks for reading and following now.

  4. February 13, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Good thoughts, Larry. I recently read “Embracing Obscurity”. It’s a great book that I think goes well with your post. It’s crazy how many of us Christians are striving for fame and fortune instead of striving to serve God and others. Jesus made Himself of no reputation for us. However, too many times we forget Him in our dreams and try to make much of ourselves. If we would humble ourselves like Jesus did, He would be able to fill us with the dreams He has for us. Then we could pursue our (HIS) dreams without any guilt. Thanks for the reminder.

    • February 14, 2013 at 5:47 am

      Amen David!!! It’s as much a reminder for me as it for anyone else.

  5. Arny Sanchez
    February 13, 2013 at 10:24 am

    our dream should be to spread the Gospel. by any means necessary in alignment to his word. so in anything we do…clean toilets, flip burgers, ceo’s, moms, dads, students, actors, songwriters, docs, janitors, desk clerk, receptionist, no matter…
    our Dream is should be spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    I think of that is our main focus and passion…then God will use the gifts and talents he gave us to put us in those possitions we dream about…
    I’ve know so many people who have lost their “dream job” for obvious economic reasons, and they feel sooooo lost and depressed because their identity was in their dream not the one who Gives Dreams…

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