This is a ten-part series – based on John Maxwell’s Best Selling Book “Put Your Dream To The Test: Ten Questions To Help You See It and Seize It!” This week, Pastor G talks about “The Significance Question: Does My Dream Benefit Others?” He also likes to refer to it as “The Fruitfulness Question: Is My Dream Bearing Fruit?”
(1) The Ownership Question: Is your dream really YOUR dream?
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10
Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. ~ Psalm 37:4
TWO SCRIPTURAL TRUTHS ABOUT DREAMS
1) We were all created for specific good works God expects us to accomplish.
2) God created each of us with free will, different personalities and gifts and talents and desires. We can come up with dreams of our own.
(2) The Clarity Question: Do I Clearly See My Dream?
When there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,
but the one who keeps the law, blessed is he! ~ Proverbs 29:18
(3) The Reality Question: Am I Depending on Factors Within My Control to Achieve My Dream?
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,
for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10
(4) The Passion Question: Does My Dream Compel Me To Follow It?
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked …” ~ Revelation 3:15-17
(5) The Pathway Question. Do I have a strategy or a plan to reach my dream?
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation. ~ Psalm 33:11
The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty. ~ Proverbs 21:5
(6) The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
(7) The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. ~ Proverbs 3:9-10
(8) The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. ~ Galatians 6:9
(9) The Fulfillment Question. Does working toward my dream bring me satisfaction?
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
I have learned to be fulfilled whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being fulfilled in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. ~ Philippians 4:11b-13
(10) The Significance Question: Does My Dream Benefit Others?
A.K.A. = The Fruitfulness Question: Does My Dream Actually Bear Any Fruit?
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. ~ Galatians 6:9-10
If a man for whatever reason has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself. ~ Jacques-Yves Cousteau
A day lived without doing something good for others is a day not worth living. ~ Mother Teresa
I never perfected an invention without thinking in terms of how it would benefit others. ~ Thomas Edison
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. ~ Philippians 2:3-4
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. ~ John 12:24
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it ~ Matthew 16:25
The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has started to understand the meaning of life. ~ Anonymous
THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER (Matthew 13:3-9 and 18-23)
Not all the seeds you plant will bear fruit!
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. ~ 1 Corinthians 3:6-9