The Initiative Against Dreaming

Today’s post is actually a page taken out of the book My Utmost For His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. The book is a daily-reading devotional type book, and very challenging. This particular page was the reading from a few days ago, but is a good follow-up to the last post, What’s In Your Hand? I hope that this is as challenging to you as it was to me. God gives us His Word and His Spirit, that we would not just get fat and lazy, but that we would go out and give it away!

February 20th.

“Arise, let us go hence.” John 14:31

Dreaming about a thing in order to do it properly is right; but dreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong. After Our Lord had said those wonderful things to His disciples, we might have expected that He would tell them to go away and meditate over them all; but Our Lord never allowed “mooning.” When we are getting into contact with God in order to find out what He wants, dreaming is right; but when we are inclined to spend our time in dreaming over what we have been told to do, it is a bad thing and God’s blessing is never on it. God’s initiative is always in the nature of a stab against this kind of dreaming, the stab that bids us “neither sit nor stand but go.”

If we are quietly waiting before God and He has said – “Come ye yourselves apart,” then that is meditation before God in order to get at the line He wants; but always beware of giving over to mere dreaming when once God has spoken. Leave Him to be the source of all your dreams and joys and delights, and go out and obey what He has said. If you are in love, you do not sit down and dream about the one you love all the time, you go and do something for him; and that is what Jesus Christ expects us to do. Dreaming after God has spoken is an indication that we do not trust Him.

Man… Let’s get up and go! If you are a follower of Christ, then you have the hope of Christ in you! And, our hearts should be like Christ’s heart: that no one would die without knowing Him!

  • If you are still dreaming about something specific God is calling you to, then that’s awesome. Dream away, baby!
  • But there are some things that we don’t need to dream about — like sharing the Gospel with people that need it.

Tired of daydreaming and ready to do this thing!



One thought on “The Initiative Against Dreaming

  1. Love it man! Good post and good action you’ll be doing!

    PS – this reminded me of one time in college you copied a page from My Utmost and highlighted some things for me. I still got it in an old journal. Love you man!

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