Dreams. What is the greatest consuming dream and passion of your life? This has been something that has been dogging me and right in front of me for the past year. This year I’ve been so torn between seeking the American Dream and the Christian Dream, the Christian life, the very thing that will alone fill you up.
I was raised in a Christian home, but until this last year, I didn’t realize what the greatest jewel of the Christian life is, the greatest FULLEST dream that will be a life long, eternal pursuit.
It is the pursuit of God.
‘Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.’ (Hosea 6:3)
I am forgiven, but there’s MORE!
Redeemed… Redeemed to know God, to be at peace with God. That is the ultimate dream. This is the ultimate adventure.
‘My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.’ (Psalm 84:2) ‘
The journey of seeking to know the Lord is a hard journey. It costs a lot. It’s costing me pride and my estimation of myself. I am honestly a VERY ‘egotistical’ person; but let’s stop talking about me.
‘When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.’ (Psalm 27:8
Let’s come humbly, brokenly, and yet boldly to the throne of grace…
What is this dream? What is this passion?
‘Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.’ (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
God made man for Himself.
God made man to walk in communion, close, intimate fellowship with Him! And Jesus Christ makes that close intimate walk of fellowship POSSIBLE again through His precious blood.
‘And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.’ (Hebrews 12:24)
That’s what we were made for. We weren’t JUST made to make 65K or 100K a year; life was meant for so much more than money and even sex and friends. These are ALL gifts; they can all be good things, but they aren’t the VERY MOST wonderful thing in the entire universe!
Yet sin clouded my eyes. Distractions still cloud my eyes and cloud my judgement. I really want to be successful, and then I become depressed because that really doesn’t fulfill me. It doesn’t break me, bring me to my knees, make my heart start back in wonder, and yet make me long to know God in a far deeper, more intimate way.
‘Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ (Hebrews 12:1)
Knowing God is not easy. It’s not a formula or a mechanical robotic thing that i can formulate…
It’s a relationship of awe and wonder. It’s a day to day walk of seeking His face, pleading with, glorifying God, worshipping, repenting of the many many sins that I have, and thanking God for His mighty forgiveness, His glory, His INCREDIBLE holiness, and His precious compassion and love and kindness and mercy towards humans, men and women on this earth.
I feel like this is coming out in fountains, but I just can’t stop here…
‘He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’ (John 7:38)
This is the DREAM, and it’s a dream, a journey that goes on for eternity.
I didn’t know God…. But Jesus Christ made the way. Jesus Christ is the perfect mediator; He fulfilled every single demand of the law so that we could know God again; so that we would not live a life without God, live a life of hopelessness and despair and materialism.
The American Dream can suck me dry… It can suck me out of what life is really about… If I don’t make 65K a year, I feel bad, sad, but this. This is something that I can lay down my life for, because this is the journey of seeking God with my WHOLE heart and soul, and I know that it will be the greatest, hardest, most glorious adventure ever.
I love to work, but my prayer and deep heartfelt hope is that work would be a journey of knowing God and seeking Him in a far deeper way, spending time learning of and digging deep into His precious Words that He gave to us, and longing to know more of Him, to know more of the fountain of His love, His life, His wonder, His goodness, and His love to a world that is in such desperate need of Him.
This may not be a dream that looks easy or successful, but it is the ultimate dream, that will satisfy the deepest, soul felt, heart longing that nothing, absolutely nothing can ultimately fill.
My heart’s cry and plea is that this would not sound like I’m some sort of ‘super spiritual’ person that looks down my nose at others; but I hope you can see, by God’s grace, a broken girl, who is longing to know the God who made her, sent His Son Jesus Christ, God in the flesh to make peace between her and God, and is building His awesome eternal body of Christ around the world!
‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus…
Look full in His wonderful face..
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glories and grace.’
His kindness is incredible. Just the other day, I went on a run.
And I saw His kindness in a way I had never seen it before.
I lost the husky that I was running with. She slipped out of her collar, and I FREAKED out. I started praying and yelling her name at the same time. We were near a semi-busy country road, and all the thoughts in my mind were going haywire.
But can I just shorten the story and tell you that 3 hours later she came back? She came back from running or walking miles, and she just walked up the driveway.
How? I just know that God is kind, so kind to His kids, and I just … want to know Him more.
Linking up with Lori for Moments of Hope today… 🙂 Make sure to check out the other really lovely ladies in the link-up.
Have you ever felt like you’ve gotten distracted from the ultimate dream, the ultimate pursuit of God in the Christian life?