GOD’S PLAN: IT WAS ALL A DREAM
Have you ever been stuck in a daydream? These are pleasant thoughts that distract someone’s attention from the present. Everyone likes to imagine their future. We all like to paint a picture of what our future career, family, etc. is going to look like. Typically, when we’re taking part in an activity, we get in the habit of using our imagination. Have you ever noticed that you are the star of your own imagination? When you dream of your future, have you noticed that majority of the time you make yourself the star in your imagination. However, if we’re trying to find God’s plan than being obsessed with ourselves might not be the best plan. Our imagination either builds our plan or God’s plan for our lives. Therefore, we have to determine who’s going to be the star of our imagination. God’s great gift to you is imagination. In fact, God has a special plan for your life but often times you aren’t a part of the equation. We are called to live a selfless life. If you’re trying to find God’s plan than selflessness is a key ingredient. God will work on your imagination until it is less self-serving because God is a selfless God who calls us to be selfless people.
THE STORY OF JOSEPH
Within the bible, the story of Joseph thoroughly shows what having a dream looks like. This is the beginning stages to the children of Israel. Joseph is one of Israel’s son’s and will become one of the twelve tribes of Israel. He has twelve siblings and is by far the favorite among all of them. In fact, their dad made it visibly known that Joseph was the favorite. This level of confidence within him is what put Joseph in a place to dream. Confidence isn’t your enemy however, it needs to be submitted to God’s purposes. If not, this can become your greatest enemy. Joseph has this level of confidence that he’s put himself in this place that’s opened him to receiving a great dream. Therefore, God gives him a dream. A standout part about this was that the dream wasn’t the problem, it was Joseph’s imagination towards the dream that got him in trouble. His imagination wasn’t in line with God’s plan. Joseph’s imagination was leading him down a pathway that wasn’t God’s plan but it was his plan.
You can have the right thing, but have the wrong motivation and it lead to your destruction. However, you can have the right thing, with the right motivation and it lead towards God’s great plan for your life. Therefore, God begins to go to work on Joseph. Throughout the remainder of the story of Joseph’s life, it’s God’s great initiative to bring about God’s plan in Joseph’s life. Joseph had the right dream but the wrong motivation so God went to work in order to change so he could walk in all that God had planned for him.
Imagination: the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. The hidden word within this is image. When we’re framing our imagination, we’re creating an image of the future we want to see. The main question to consider is, who is at the center of your canvas? What does the image look like? It is an image that’s based around our God thoughts and our God identity? It’s important to understand when the question of identity hasn’t been answered, our imagination will always be fractured. You have everything you’ll ever need – forgiveness of sins, promise of a hope and future, realization that you’ve been restored and redeemed, and that you’re a child of God – however, it’s one thing to say it but it’s another to believe it within your heart. When we imagine our future, we’re creating an image. This image starts with your own image of yourself. You’ll work your imagination through your thoughts but these thoughts have to begin with what God says about you. Know that you are chosen, favored, loved, and graced by God. No matter what happens on earth, because of God’s thoughts about you, in the end, you win.
One main focus of your imagination: is Jesus the center of attention?
When you imagine your future, what is it aiming towards? Think about your future marriage, calling in life, mission, job, etc. If you don’t attach it to the purpose and plan of God, then He will go to war against it because it’s competing with God’s best for your life. The bible says that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. God wants us to live out Galatians 2:20 which says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Attach your imagination to God’s mission. This will help to find a sense of clarity and sense of God’s blessing on our life. Our focus should be on WE not ME. A key formula to this is: WE = Jesus + Others + Me. When we put Jesus first we end up finding life. Throughout the whole bible, Jesus is the center of it all. He is the center of our world, therefore put Jesus as the center of your imagination. God’s plan A is Jesus Christ and it will always be.
Second main focus of your imagination: is our focus making a difference?
Think about this: are you focused on making a difference? Or, is your focus on making more money, being successful, etc.? When others are the focus of our imagination, our imagination can begin to make a difference. God will begin to bless your life when you live out your life on a mission of God’s plan.
Are you willing to change who is the star of your imagination? When God is center of your imagination, you’ll begin to see a vision and purpose on your life. If the mission of our life isn’t to serve humanity, success will be running away from you. God’s great plan for your life isn’t that you’d have to chase after your destiny but His plan is that you’d live in such a way that your destiny is chasing you.
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