Has anyone ever prayed Ephesians 3:20 over you? Did you listen?
Here’s the Message Bible translation of that verse:
God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams.
Wildest dreams. Visions of wealth to share with loved ones. The high and philanthropic hopes of lottery winners to pay off bills, buy Mom a home, and donate lavishly to those in need.
Wildest dreams. Visions of making it big in show business or sports. Starting a foundation for the underprivileged or creating a line of organic snacks.
But, it rarely turns out that way. The money dwindles while the winner wonders where it all went. The comfort of wealth and fame doesn’t diminish the feelings of loneliness while the need for more and more grows with each new purchase. Wild dreams turn into nightmares. Or worse...they just wither away.
But the dreams God places in our hearts - those desires to bless the kingdom with our talents and gifts - those dreams are neither wild nor crazy.
Some dreams are seen early. Some come later. And, many of us truly believe we have always said, “Anything.”
But many of live as if it is up to us to not only imagine the dream but also blaze a trail to its success. Or we break His heart: “I’m just small and powerless. Get real. God is not going to use me to change the world.”
So we drift about, making decisions that seem right or clever or strategic at the time. But so many of those decisions move us yet another step further from what God really has for us: the wildest dream we could ever imagine.
We can turn this around.
What if we did the first things first:
1, Spend time daily with Jesus, in reading and prayer (mostly listening).
2. Use the time and finances we have been given to glorify God and further the kingdom.
But then, let’s step it up a bit. How about this...?
3. Instead of focusing on “my” dream, focus on “our” dream.
Frankly, it’s a bit exhausting trying to figure it all alone. Which verse? which blog post? which telephone call or job offer? Should I cast my line? or wait and listen? When will I know...really know?
Listen, nobody has been expected to do this in isolation. We are called to work together:
- And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works. (Hebrews 10:24) When was the last time you really took time to "stir up" somebody to do his good work?
- Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) When was the last time you challenged someone to believe in the wild dream God placed in her heart...because you believe in that same dream for her?
- Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. (Proverbs 11:25) When was the last time you blessed someone else by building her up or believing in his dream?...even if you always thought that was your dream? (That's a tough one.)
Most Christians can remember how it felt when they were truly doing God's work through them. They still savor the feeling of peace and power, knowing that their contribution to the Kingdom was pleasing to the Father.
When was the last time you prayed Ephesians 3:20 over somebody else and breathed life into them? Put your hand on the shoulder of a brother or sister and just try it: “God can do anything, you know - far more than … your wildest dreams.”