We’ve heard a lot about dreaming with God. We’ve been encouraged to “dream BIG dreams.” What comes to your mind when you hear that? What are your dreams? Are they dreams of preaching before the multitudes, writing many books, or leading worship for thousands? Do you feel insignificant because you don’t really have a “dream,” or at least, not a dream that compares with your friend’s big dream.
Consider what 1 Cor 3:12-13 says, “Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.”ith your friend’s big dream?
The work of each man will be revealed and tested by fire. What’s the first thought that comes to your mind when you read this. My guess is that it’s one of fear….one that says, “what have I done wrong or what haven’t I done that I should have?” But, my Friends, let me ask you a question, “Do you love God? Do you desire more of Him? Have you told Him that often? Are you motivated to do the simple things in life because you love Him?” If you answer “yes” to those questions, then read v 14. “If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.” Jesus sees the desire of your heart to love Him more. His eyes are the eyes of fire that test your works and determine what remains. The purity of Jesus’ eyes refines our work. When you are caring for your children and crying out for more of Jesus so that you can represent Him to your family, Jesus’ eyes of fire are looking at you and He is smitten by your love. When you’re in the midst of your job, crying out for more of Jesus so you can represent Him well to your co-workers, His eyes of fire are on you and He is excited about giving you His reward. His jealous love is stirred and He cries back to you saying, “I want more of you!”
We have been created with a desire to be great, but our perception of what greatness means most likely has been distorted by the world. We look at the rich and famous and think “they are great!” Man looks at outward appearances, but God looks at the heart. He sees our greatness in context of Love. He looks at our hearts and says, “Now, there’s my daughter who has a GREAT heart of love, there’s my son who has a GREAT heart of compassion.” We are constantly bombarded by the enemy of our souls that says what we do is never enough. He mocks us and tries to make us feel small. He causes us to compare ourselves to others and agree with him that our efforts are so insignificant that they don’t matter. But remember, he never tells the truth. God does not see our love as small, it is HUGE to Him. He sees our heart as we pray, as we humble ourselves, as we lean in to Him to overcome our weakness and gain victory over sin. He doesn’t mock us when we stumble, rather He looks at our heart of repentance and sees us cry over our sin. Then He calls us great. It is His gentleness that makes us great. When we do not give up but pick ourselves up and cry out for more grace, we are great heroes in His eyes. His heart is moved and He rejoices over us. We must have this revelation of our own greatness in His eyes so that we will not listen to the dissatisfaction that the devil tries to sow into our hearts. The devil’s lies bring hopelessness and despair to our days. We must feed on the truth that God sees us and He makes us great when we are reaching toward Him. Our obedience to Him is something that He never forgets. He writes it in His book and He rewards it! Most of us will not have a mega-ministry, or have our name on a flashing sign, but our names will be written in His book, and that’s good enough for me.
Settle it in your heart today. Look in the mirror and say what David said, “His gentleness has made me GREAT!” (Ps 18:35)