Dreams. Each of us have them from time to time. Often times our dreams at night are shaped and played out as we recall the past day or weeks events. For instance, I can remember having dreams about deer hunting as the deer season approaches. Of course, in those dreams I am always finding the biggest Buck I can find and dropping him just a few yards from my stand! As a kid I had a recurring dream that my father had left my brother and I at home while he went to work. I had gotten up but fell back asleep on the couch and when I woke there was pizza sauce all over the walls! I am not certain why I always had that dream, but it happened on more than occasion…no, not the pizza sauce on the wall. Just the dream!
People throughout Scripture had dreams on numerous occasions. In almost every situation their dream meant something. God was speaking to them through their dreams. God spoke to Abimelech (Genesis 20:1-7) in a dream. God did so to spare Abimelech from sinning. Jacob received a blessing from God through a dream (Genesis 37:1-11). Solomon was asked by God in a dream to ask anything to be given. Solomon chose wisdom (1 Kings 3:5). And even in numerous other situations God spoke through dreams.
Today, I do not mean just dreams that occur while we sleep. We each have dreams. Maybe it is to retire early. Reach more people through good works. Tell more people of the Gospel. Perhaps, it something as simple as financial stability. I have dreams. I want to see my kids be successful in life. I want to do something that is beneficial to the church in a big way! I love business. Perhaps it is through a business transaction or something like that. I want to travel to areas over sea and get to know the other side of the world. And, one day, I want to own a farm. Paul had dreams. He tells us in Romans 15 that he had dreams of seeing the people of Rome. He didn’t know how he was going to get there or when he would go. He had a plan to go to Spain and he mentions that maybe while he is traveling to Spain he can make a detour to Rome. Some scholars would say that trip never happened as he was imprisoned in Jerusalem.
What really captivates me in this verse is his closing in regard to traveling on this journey. He says in Romans 15:29 (NLT) “And I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless our time together.” This captivates me because it makes me realize that my dreams need to be dreams that advance the Kingdom. This was the sole purpose of this trip for Paul. He wanted to go to Rome to equip the saints to be the hands and feet of Jesus. What if our dreams were so in lined with the Kingdom that Christ would richly bless them? In all honesty, I don’t think owning a farm is that important. Traveling to the other side of the world is just a pleasure-seeking trip. I am not certain that I can ask Christ in good faith to ‘richly bless it.’ But I can ask in good faith, and know it will be given, to richly bless the dreams I have for this church in Newton. Or the ministry I will do in the years to come. In closing I ask, ‘Are your dreams in line with the will of God?’