Read Romans 15:23-33.
Paul had a clear, God-given dream—to preach the Gospel where it had never been preached. His ultimate destination was the place that at the time was considered the edge of the world: Spain (see Romans 15:24). Scripture doesn't say whether Paul made it or not. From God's perspective, it doesn't really matter.
From God's perspective, these imperfect men succeeded because they faithfully sought His vision for their lives.
When it comes to your dreams, God isn't interested in the destination—the accomplishing of the dream—as much as He's interested in your faithfulness along the journey. Moses dreamed of stepping foot in the Promised Land after leading God's people out of Egypt and through the desert, but he died before entering Canaan. David dreamed of building a beautiful temple for God. Instead, he financed the project, while the actual building was completed by his son Solomon. From God's perspective, these imperfect men succeeded because they faithfully sought His vision for their lives. Though they stumbled along the way, they trusted God, and there is no doubt that they received a greater blessing than they ever could have imagined.
There is a desperate need today for God's people to endeavor to accomplish great things for Him. The only way to do this is to begin on your knees. But be prepared—as Paul said, "[J]oin me in my struggle by praying to God for me" (Romans 15:30)—for this journey is often agonizing, spiritually straining, and self-denying. Are you ready to fight for what God has placed in your heart?
Prayer: Father, reveal to me Your vision for my life. May I be faithful to Your call to be holy as You are holy as I pursue Your purposes for my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me" (Romans 15:30).
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