Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dreams Are Expensive!

Dreams are expensive! Martin Luther King dreamed that one day his children would be judged, not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. He died for that dream. Abraham Lincoln dreamed of a post Civil War America that embraced malice towards none and charity towards all. He died for that dream. Col. Sanders dreamed of success in business that eluded him until he was 65 years old. In the Old Testament Joseph dreamed that he would one day be a leader of men. He was sold into slavery and assumed dead for years for that dream. The Kenny Rogers song opines with the words; “Don’t fall in love with a dreamer!” School children are berated for “day dreaming” by their teachers.

Yes, dreams are indeed expensive! However, as Walt Disney taught us, “dreams do come true!” Our founding fathers dreamed of a new nation where “all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” They pledged their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” to see the dream of liberty come true. The list is endless. President Roosevelt dreamed of winning World War II. We did. President Kennedy dreamed of putting a man on the moon before 1970. We did. President Reagan dreamed of defeating communism without war. We did. Henry Ford dreamed of assembly lines producing increasing number of goods at ever decreasing prices made by workers paid at every increasing wages. He saw that dream fulfilled.

We might think…WHO is the biggest dreamer of all? Who dreamed the most fantastic dream of all time? It was God! “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever should believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life!” (John 3:16) His dream is not just for a few, not just for many, not just for a majority…but for EVERYONE! Peter tells us in II Peter 3:9 that “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” God’s big dream of atonement is FAR from “limited!”

Isn’t it GREAT to be the OBJECT of the greatest dream of all history? Our God is a dreamer of expensive dreams! How about you and me? Let’s dream BIG for our God this year! You might ask; “Just how do I become a recipient of God’s great dream?” His instructions are clear, simple and easily identifiable. One must BELIEVE in Jesus Christ (John 8:24), REPENT of all past sins (Luke 13:3), CONFESS that Jesus Christ is the Son of God before witnesses (Matthew 10:32), be BAPTIZED for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) and LIVE FAITHFULLY towards God from that point forward (I John 1:7).

Friends, we must not neglect such a great salvation! (Hebrews 2:3)

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