DREAM BIG // ACT SMALL

We all have dreams for our life…a dream job, dream husband/wife, dream house, dream vacation, the list goes on and on. But even more important than our dreams is God’s dream for our life. And his dreams are always bigger than our dreams.

But, how do we discover these dreams? The good news is that we don’t have to wait, or sit in a state of confusion; God wants us to partner with Him so he can help us discover and achieve these dreams. But the formula is probably different than what we are used to. God calls us to dream big and act small. Here’s what that looks like…

Dreaming Big and Acting Small: God’s dream for your life is bigger than you could ever imagine, and he wants you to discover it with Him step by step. In order to realize and achieve our God-given dreams, we must humble ourselves, put others first, and do the little things that build our character.

Often times we find ourselves out of this “sweet spot” because one of two reasons.

1.     We dream big and act big

  • We try to make ourselves look bigger and better than we actually are in hopes of impressing others.
  • We don’t have time for people who have nothing to offer us.
  • We are too good or too busy to do small tasks.
  • We want to see our big dreams fulfilled quickly and with as little effort on our part as possible.

2.     We dream small and act small

  • We fall into “whateverism.” “Whatever you want to do God, I’m cool with it.”
  • We have a false sense of humility acting like we play no part in God's plan.
  • We make sure to dream small so that we don’t fail, taking few, if any, risks in life.
  • We become lazy and bored with God and life itself. 

When you notice that you are not in the “sweet spot” where God wants you to be, is it because you are dreaming big and acting big, or dreaming small and acting small? Share how this has personally played out in your own life.

Read Ephesians 3:20 (NLT) out loud.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Now, read it in The Message paraphrase.

God can do anything, you know- far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. - Ephesians 3:20

Have you downsized your dreams because of a small view of God? If so, share. 

After reading this verse, what stands out to you or what do you feel that God is inviting you into?

Read John 13:1-5; 12-17.

After reading this story, what do you learn about God’s character? Does this surprise you?

What thoughts come to mind when you think of this statement: The same God that can do infinitely more than you could ever ask, dream, or imagine…is also the same One that took on the lowest position of a servant and washed the dirty, grimy, feet of his disciples.

God’s idea of being great is obviously much different than our world’s idea of being great. The world defines greatness as getting to a place where everyone serves you. That’s the dream job. That‘s the dream car. That’s the dream wife ;) Jesus defines greatness as being a person who finds joy in serving everyone else.

How does God’s view of greatness excite you? How does it challenge you?

The pathway to discovering God’s dreams for your life is by acting small and serving others. When we stop making life about ourselves, life begins to make sense. We were made to love God and serve others. It’s in this context that your dreams will become realized step by step.

Share personally about a specific God given dream you have. There is power in saying things out loud and stepping out in faith to share your dreams with others!

Pray over one another about your dreams as the Spirit leads.

 

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