I stood in the worship service at my church, feeling like I was giving birth. I was in agony in my spirit, because I was praying about my dream … and my dream compels me.
It felt like all my abdominal muscles were clenched together; like I should be doubled over. My breath caught and all I could do was push with my breath and keen with my voice. I covered my face with my hands so no one would hear me, and I travailed before the Lord.
Why? Because I have a dream that has to happen if I am to be who God has called me to be.
My strongest spiritual gift is a gift that many people don't know I operate in, and don't see, because it's a private thing. But, my dream is to be able to operate in that gift at the level that matches the passion of my heart for Jesus.
Even after He answers my prayers and I operate in it at the level where I desire to operate, this gift will still be a private thing.
However, that's okay; I don't need anyone to know about it. I just long to operate in it. So all I can do is pray and agonize in the Spirit, saying, “Dear Lord Jesus, please make a way … It's who You made me to be.”
And this dream–this gift–constrains me. It compels me. It drives me, every day.
When I pray about this gift, my prayer room becomes a labor room. When I dream about this dream–the dream of operating more fully in this gift Holy Spirit has given me–my tears flow. When I cry to the Lord about it, I can barely breathe.
What the gift is doesn't matter for the purposes of our conversation today. What I want to know is, do you have a dream that affects you in this way?
Because you should.
You need a dream that takes your breath away.
You need a vision for your life that makes you cry out to the Lord in Holy Ghost-led travail. You need something you long for–something you're passionate about–that leads you to the foot of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, crying out to Him for the opportunity to serve Him better.
What is your dream? What is your gift? What is it that you long to do or to be for the King?
Because He's worthy.
Some people are driven by souls. Some people are driven by waking up every morning and thinking about lost people going to hell, and that's good and noble and right.
But that's not me.
I care about lost people, sure. I have had the privilege of leading over 30 people to Christ personally, and I want to lead a lot more. I have written soul-goals about winning people to the Lord, and leading others to salvation matters to me.
But you know what drives me? The worth-ship of Christ.
Every morning when I wake up, I go to work in this ministry because He's worthy. Every word I preach, I preach because He's worthy. Every time I go to sweat at the gym, trying to take care of my body which is the temple of Holy Spirit, the only reason I find to make myself uncomfortable like that is because He's worthy. When the Lord wakes me up at 1 AM to get up and pray, I obey because He's worthy.
I serve because He's worthy. I labor and work because He's worthy. I worship because He's worthy. I breathe my next breath and soldier on another day BECAUSE HE'S WORTHY.
His worth-ship, His worthyness, His excellent splendor which is worthy of all the worship we can possibly give Him both in Spirit and in truth–in word and in deed–compels me.
And I long to see my dream fulfilled because He's worthy.
I don't dream of fame or notoriety. I dream of serving Jesus. I dream of giving Him the honor and glory due His name.
I dream of giving to Him and into His Kingdom financially like He deserves. I dream of conforming my body, mind, soul, and spirit 100% to who He is, exhibiting every victory Jesus purchased on the cross for me, because He's worthy. And I dream of helping you do the same thing, all because He's worthy.
My dream compels me. My dream constrains me.
And the underlying reason that drives it all is the bare, naked, unassailable fact that “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12b).
What is your dream? Do you have a dream that leads you into travail before the King?
You need a dream that makes you gasp for breath as you travail before the Lord. You need a dream that makes you weep before His throne. You need a dream that constrains you.
And you need to know what drives your dream.
I put before you today that the worth-ship of Jesus is the underlying reason for all causes that are worth fighting for. For example:
- Love souls? Good–because Jesus loves souls, and He is worthy to receive those souls as His inheritance.
- Love your family? Excellent–because Jesus wants you to love your family, and He is worthy of being obeyed.
- Dream of getting healthy? Good–because your body is the temple of Holy Spirit, and you are not your own; you were bought with the price of the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
But no matter what your dream and what your cause, you need a dream that makes you whisper.
You need a request, a petition before the Lord, that takes your breath away. You need a vision that leads you to travail before His throne. You need a cause that is worth fighting for, worth getting up for, and worth giving your life away to serve.
What is your petition and what is your cause today?