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The Dream-stealer & the Gentle Whisperer

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On Sunday, Pastor Tom DV asked us about our dreams. He asked us to ponder for a few moments what our biggest or greatest dreams have been. We've all had them. Some of us have gone after them, some of us haven't. Some of us have realized dreams, others of us are merely perpetual dreamers. It got me thinking about the dreams that we have. What do we really want out of life? Where do we really think God is leading us? What does God really want out of our life? Weren't we created for more than this? Then Matthew 10:10 came to mind. Usually when that passage is quoted, all you hear or read is this:

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

But there's more to that verse. There's a key juxtaposition happening. The full verse of John 10:10 reads like this:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

There is a thief, a joy-killer, a dream-stealer, a liar and a disappointer. He says that our dreams are made of nothing but fluff. He says they're too hard. He says that we're not good enough, smart enough, or lucky enough to pull it off. He says that no one will believe us or follow us or give it a chance. He seeks to steal, destroy, and kill. And his is the voice we hear all too often. We begin to doubt the passions deep in our hearts and souls. We doubt that the vision we've seen or heard could be true. We doubt ourselves, our dreams, and eventually the God who has given them to us.

And Matthew 10:10 is couched within a larger context that is so key to not having our dreams stolen, and it has to do with how well we listen and to whom. The story of Elijah reminds us that God comes in the gentle whisper. The key, though, is in the listening. First, are we listening? and then second, to whom are we listening. Note the preceding verses spoken by Jesus:

Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he's up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won't follow a stranger's voice but will scatter because they aren't used to the sound of it. I'll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn't listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. [The Message]

In terms of the dreams that live deep in your soul, that burn within you and you hardly dare to share them, that arise unbidden and promise things too amazing to believe, to whom are you listening when those dreams awaken? The Dream-stealer, dream-killer, dream-destroyer or the Life-giver, joy-maker, and dream-fulfiller?


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