Meditation Monday: Dream Big

Dream Big

When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement quietly. As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Now all of this took place so that what the Lord had spoken through the prophet would be fulfilled:

Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son,

And they will call him, Emmanuel. (Emmanuel means “God with us.”)

When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from God commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he didn’t have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. Joseph called him Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25 (CEB)

Dream Big

As a great miracle approaches for Christians during this Advent season, let us not forget that our God is still in the miracle making business. Let us dream big then…knowing our God can deliver on God’s promises.

Joseph had a dream that showed him how big God’s dreams for him were. Being stepfather to the Messiah was not something Joseph had entertained before. Indeed, it was probably beyond his sense of what his life could be. To think that he would be involved in the raising of a Messiah was the furthest thought from his mind.

Yet God had heard the people’s pleas and answered with a miracle child who would grow up one day to be Savior of the World. God gave Joseph a big dream to bring to life and Joseph did. He chose to do God’s will and became stepfather to a Messiah.

What dream has God given to you? Does it seem impossible? Does it seem too big for you to handle? Then maybe it’s time to let God show you how it’s done?

Dear God, help our unbelief. So much of our failures are failures of vision. We do not allow our faith to expand to the impossible. Yet you are an awesome God, doing both little and big things in the world. Help us to have your vision for our world and the faith to carry it out. Amen.

Meditation Monday: Dream Big

Dream Big

Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us. Ephesians 3:20 (CEB)

Dream Big

We hear so much about declining membership rolls, shrinking budgets and older properties. It is at these times that we cannot get caught up in just “managing the demise” of our Church!

Now is the time for us to dream big…bigger than ever! It is time to think outside the box. It is time to hear all of God’s ideas, no matter how unusual, unorthodox, wide ranging or costly. As the writer of Ephesians reminds us, God can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. With God’s blessing our Church need not disappear by the year 2025 or 2030 or at all.

We must not think about it is as bringing God to the people but instead we need to join God where God is already present in the world. God is changing lives. Whether we are a part of that or not as The United Methodist Church is up to us and how big we can dream and truly dare to imagine the ways we can make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

God, show us where You are already working in this world. Show us how we can dream as big as You do! Help us to not get caught up in the fear but to remain positive in Your presence. Let us be more like Caleb and Joshua. Amen.