But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’ (1 Chronicles 28:3 NIV)
I have had some ups and downs in my service for the Lord. I once served as a ministry leader and had great hopes and dreams. Not long after I started, I was abruptly taken out of my leadership role. Some years later, I was asked to serve on the board of directors for this ministry. The question I had to ask myself was, did I own my dreams, or did God? To this day, I serve on this board and get great pleasure in seeing some of the plans that I had accomplished through another leader.
David seemed to have the same anticipation for seeing the Temple being built by this son Solomon (1 Chronicles 28:10-21 NLT). It is not about who gets to accomplish the work, but are God’s plans being fulfilled? President Reagan had a plaque on his office wall that said, “there is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”It is much the same in Christian service.
I am convinced that many do not see their dreams fulfilled, not because they are not faithful enough, but they are unwilling to give them up. Give them up in the sense of allowing others to come in and take responsibility with a little different skillset—people, who because of their calling and gifting, can take the work to a higher level. In 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (NLT), the Apostle Paul instructs us that it is not important who plants or waters, but that God brings the increase.
There is a strange dichotomy in the Kingdom of God. If you give something up, you keep it. If you lose it, you find it. If God has the ultimate ownership of our plans and dreams, He has the right and responsibility to decide who and how they are accomplished. It is not about us but Him. Are your dreams God’s? If so, then they are bigger than you, and He is the only one that can fulfill them.
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Ken Barnes, the author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places” YWAM Publishing
website: Ken Barnes’ Book Site