Why Christians Should or Should Not Pursue Their Dreams

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Certainly, God is in the business of making things fall into place as they should. However, the way they fall into place is often based on the condition and motives of our heart.

As an artist, one who writes, acts, sings and directs, it is easy to think I have what at first glance may seem to be “good” intentions. But we have to have genuine faith in Christ, not in ourselves, if we are going to first please Him and be used by Him for what really matters.

As a Christian and an artist, I can sometimes get off focus and start concentrating on and pursuing worldly desires, not Christ’s desires. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with desiring to provide for your family. In fact, it is a godly desire, since God too delights in providing for our physical needs. However, it is certainly a lesser need and one that should ALWAYS take third place in the life of a Christian.

When Jesus was weakened by hunger, and His disciples left Him to sit and rest at a well while they searched for and pursued their physical needs (food), Christ pursued God’s greatest desire first. He chose to draw a broken and sinful woman to Himself, extend His forgiveness and salvation to her, and transform her life with the power of His love. When His disciples returned, still focused on their physical need for food, this is the lesson Jesus taught:

“Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for *eternal life*, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.””
‭‭John‬ ‭4:33-38‬ ‭

Beyond a doubt, Jesus was more concerned with the eternal souls of a lost village than with His need to eat. Too often we are primarily concerned with how we are going to pay the bills than how we are going to bring souls to Christ.

Our gifts were not essentially given to us in order to earn income. Sure, God can use them to provide financially, but again, that is always third place. First thing we are commanded to do with the gifts God gives us—with all that we are—is to love Him, to seek to please Him. Next, it is to serve others for the purpose of edifying them in love. Lastly, it is to earn income to physically provide for our loved ones and others in need. When those priorities are shifted, we are missing the mark, we are not doing God’s will.

My prayer, my plea, is for every Christian artist out there to just stop and examine your heart and really discover the primary reason for why you are doing what you are doing. If it is first to promote yourself in order to provide for your physical needs, remember that is not supposed to be the primary desire and thus, repentance will be necessary.

Repentance is a change of mind. It is when you agree with God totally and then choose to obey Him. The amazing and beautiful thing about our Lord is that He is faithful to forgive when we repent, and He then pours out His Spirit and gives us all we need in order to accomplish His good desires to save souls and transform them with His love.

As Christians, we mustn’t seek our dreams first unless of course those “dreams” are truly and primarily the goals of Jesus: sharing the gospel and making disciples. In fact, I genuinely dislike the whole, “Pursue your dreams,” and, “believe in yourself,” phrases. 100% of the time, these phrases are encouraging you to put yourself first and to trust in yourself to do what you want to do. Let’s face it, that’s exactly what satan taught Eve, and continues to preach to this day. Jesus, on the other hand, says deny yourself, believe in Him, love others, and put yourself last!

Many self-proclaiming Christians tragically buy into the self-serving dream-pursuit message, and don’t even realize they’re serving themselves instead of Christ; they’re building up themselves, instead of bearing fruit for His kingdom, i.e., bringing souls to Him and/or strengthening the hearts of those who are already His. As a parent, that is certainly something I want to be mindful of.

As much as I love Arrow, I cannot support or enable him to pursue selfish desires. When he’s an adult, if he chooses that route for himself, I will pray for him, but I will not cheer him on. I pray his gifts and his life are always offered up as a sacrifice to God first and foremost. I pray he loves and fears Jesus first and I pray my husband and myself model that example for him for as long as we live. May my goal always be to love the one who loved me first, to give everything to the one who gave everything for me. To live for the one who died for me that I may truly live forever with Him. And I pray the same for you, beloved.

Christians And Motivational Speaking

You know what bothers me more than motivational speakers? “Christian” motivational speakers.

Was Christ’s Great Commission:

“Go out into the world and motivate people” or was it what the bible claims it was:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.”-Matthew 28:19, 20

Really, how is motivating someone to chase after their dreams and fulfill them saving their soul from sin and hell?

Did Jesus walk around telling people how awesome they were, and to go follow their heart, or did He say,

“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”-Luke 5:32

Jesus’ message was the opposite of motivational speakers’ mantras—life is about you and your dreams. Jesus said:

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”-Matthew 16:24-27

So if Jesus’ message was so sacrificial, and about giving up your desires to follow His plans, how do people have the gall to stand on a stage and tell audiences that life is about them and their dreams, and then off stage say they’re a Christian? How can the gospel not be the message that is pouring from their hearts? Why are they motivating rather than evangelizing?

I’ll tell you why:

1.) They’ve either been duped into thinking christianity is all about personal-potential and worldly success, or

2.) They’re phonies and are using the best of both worlds for personal benefits, not truly caring about people’s eternity, but rather the temporal gains they can receive from them.

So I beg you, if you think you’re a Christian, but desire to motivate others to be the best they can be, rather than to die to themselves and live for Christ Jesus, really ponder your salvation and/or motives for desiring to motivate people rather than evangelize them so they can be free from their sins and not burn in hell for all eternity.

Do you really know Jesus? Or have you bought into the prosperity, self-help gospel?

You need to know the answer to this question not just for the sake of those who listen to you, but for the sake of your own salvation!

But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:14-17 NKJV)

An Easy Way To Empower Your Life

“But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” (Psalms 1:2, 3)

Meditate means to speak. So King David is saying those who love God’s law, or His word, talk about it, they say it to themselves, in the morning and at night. And those who do this will prosper, they’ll be successful.

So when you read the bible, try to read it out loud. you can just quietly say it. Then remind yourself of it and say it aloud throughout the day. There is literal power when we speak God’s word. “Faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God,” (Romans 10:17) and let us never forget, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith,” (1 John 5:4 NLT).

Love you guys!