What does it mean to be “living the dream”?
Traveling the world in search of adventure? Being successful in a satisfying job? Having a wonderful, close-knit family that you spend lots of time with? Being famous? Living in an awesome city? Living on a self-sustaining farm? Living in the mountains or on the beach? Having financial freedom? Having a big, beautiful house and nice cars? Living simply? Having lots of dinner parties with friends? Having quiet time to read good books and take long baths? Giving all your time and money to those in need?
Wow! So many of those things sound so nice to me! But whether any of these things are true for you or me, I propose that none of them constitute “living the dream” life.
We “live the dream” when we are living for the Eternal Purpose of the Father and that alone. Seriously. The Father wants something and He has made it so humans help bring it about, through His Son, Jesus. And so when we live by the life of the Son in us (who is all about His Father), we are living by the greatest Life and bringing about the greatest dream.
Let me tell you a little bit about this dream.
It is the dream of building the House of God. Of expanding the Kingdom of God. Of having a people who carry the Name. Of reclaiming the nations. Of having a people who live by another life, a greater life. Of having a people ready to move with the Lord, follow the ark. Of having a people who drop off everything not of Him. Of having a people who sever all ties with the world. Of having a people learning what Love really is and living that out. Of having a people who experience the realities of a heavenly, spiritual realm today. Of having a people who are the physical manifestation of Jesus, corporately, on the earth. Of having a people who keep soft hearts and allow Jesus to work these things out in them. Of having a people who ask the Lord to let our only passion be for His dream.
Sounds great, right?
But often, “living the dream” doesn’t look like much to the eyes of the world. I am not going to share the specifics of what this could look like because I don’t want anyone to get caught up in how it looks—it will be a bit different for everyone. But, generally, “living the dream” will probably look in part like sacrifice, the cross, laying down our will for His, and being adjustable to the movement of the Lord. It will probably not be convenient. At many points we will probably think the Lord is asking too much of us.
We might think, “To live that way a person must have no kids or not have to work or have no other family or life obligations because that’s the only way it could be possible.”
I know these thoughts all too well. I am familiar with these thoughts, too: “Oh, I’ll start living a life completely devoted to Christ and the Eternal Purpose of the Father when I’m done with college (or once I’m married or once I have kids or when the kids are older or when I get a new job or once the kids are out of the house or when I retire or…).”
I can assure you that Christ is calling you unto the fullness of Himself NOW, in your current life situation, whatever it is. He wants us living by His life NOW. He wants ALL His people living the dream, His dream, TODAY AND EVERYDAY.
There are two final things I want to mention regarding this. One, you might think that you can’t do all this; it’s too hard. And the good news is that you’re right: You can’t do all this; it is too hard. Jesus will be the strength and the way to live by His life. You have nothing to offer except letting Him have His way and yielding to His life.
And two, the greatest part about the dream of the Father that I described above is that there is no risk of this dream being just an aspiration or a goal, as our dreams can be. The Eternal Purpose of the Father is coming about now and will continue to come about in its fullness. There is no doubt—His Word does not return void. So jump in with both feet today and leave your old dreams behind. Come live the dream of the Father!
“For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all my good pleasure.’” (Isaiah 46:9-10)