How do we know if our dreams are God-given?
I so easily get caught up in making plans, setting goals, dreaming dreams and asking God to bless them, rather than allowing Him to download His dreams into my heart.
And sometimes the dreams He gives me get twisted around by my own selfish ambition and become all about me, instead of all about His glory and His kingdom.
Have you ever struggled with this?
When we’re trying to figure out if a dream is God-given or not, here’s a question we can ask ourselves:
What is my motivation?
Look at your dreams, those things you are working towards and want most in your life right now and ask this question.
What is my motivation for wanting this dream to come true?
If your answer is something other than love for God and love for others, it might need a little tweaking. You see, God makes it CRYSTAL CLEAR in scripture that the #1 thing He wants from us is LOVE. First, love for Him (“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul mind and strength) and second, love for others (“and love your neighbor as yourself”). If our big dreams don’t, in some way, line up with these two motives, it’s likely they aren’tGod’sdream for us.
This is a very simplistic way of looking at things, and I understand our specific situations are often, if not always, more complicated than this. But let me give you an example of how this applies to a specific dream in my life.
One of my dreams is to be be a full time speaker and writer. It’s a dream I believe God has given to me – and would say that it’s His big dream for my life. However, in the past I have taken this God-given dream and made it all about me. My motivation went from wanting to share the truth and love of God with others in every way possible (specifically through speaking and writing), to wanting to make it big, have my name be well known, and be successful in the eyes of the world.
During that season in my life, the motivation behind my dream was clearly NOT LOVE for God and others, but LOVE of self. However, it wasn’t the dream that needed to change, it was my heart.
God-given dreams always give Him the glory. And God-given dreams always lead us love. It even says so in His Word. Check it out.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
How do you make sure your dreams are in line with God’s? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.