Just as each of them received their “commission,” we too have been set apart in a similar way. Maybe we have ignored what we have heard, we don’t like the call we have been given, or we just don’t believe it.

Do you think Gideon was skeptical of being a “mighty warrior” when the Lord first appeared to him? He was told by the Lord to “go in the strength you have … I will be with you” (Judges 6:14-16).

Did Joseph receive rousing support and encouragement from what he dreamt? His brothers were jealous and hated him, almost killing him for it (Genesis 37:8-11).

Do you suppose Joseph had some reservations about taking Mary? He was planning on divorcing her quietly until the angel told him not to be afraid (Matthew 1:19-20).

Each of them was “set apart” for a specific purpose. When you receive a vision or direct commission from the Lord, there will be some trepidation, fear and doubt, but God works for the good of those who love him. And if we love him, we will believe and do what he has called us to.

We don’t necessarily need more “book” or “Bible” learning to figure it all out. We need faith and obedience to live out what we have already been given and know to be true.

When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.

Walt Disney

So, what do you do if you don’t know what your dream is?  Ask God. 

Spend time with him in prayer and his Word to discover that specific purpose he set you apart for. Dream big, don’t settle for anything less. It is often something that seems so outrageous only God can make it happen. Don’t allow fear to hinder you or others to discourage you from pursuing what God called you to do. 

We all have a choice to pursue the dream or not. However, if we choose not to, we can’t blame anyone but ourselves for not reaching the heights and accomplishments we were set apart for.

I wonder where we would all be if Walt never pursued his dreams.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney

 

Cliff Young is a contributing writer to Sandlot Stories (ARose Books), as well as the monthly column, "He Said-She Said," in Crosswalk.com's Singles Channel.  An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback?  Send your comments and questions to cydmg@yahoo.com.