Where Do My Dreams Fit?

Erik Cooper —  September 1, 2010 — 5 Comments

I jotted these sketches in my journal the other day.  What do they stir up in you?  Are they right?  Or do I just need more art classes?

Where do my dreams fit into the journey of becoming a true follower of Jesus Christ?

The way I think many see faith:

The way I think many treat the ministry:

The true calling of The Gospel:

Talk to me.  What do you think?

5 responses to Where Do My Dreams Fit?

  1. I think a picture says a thousand words here. It’s what I’ve been trying to put into words, both for myself and others. It’s what is in my heart. It’s not about “me.” It’s what I needed to see today!

  2. Not sure about the art work, Erik, but the message is spot on! I’m currently taking the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course (highly, highly recommend it), and the speaker the other night (co-author of Cat and Dog Theology; can’t wait to read it) said a number of profound things, including “the way we come to Christ is the way we serve Him.”

    I would assert that a major part of the problem is the church’s so-called evangelism approach of the past couple of decades. Too often we’ve advocated “come to Jesus for what He can do for you”. A consumer approach. So, people respond to the gospel with the expectation that God’s going to fulfill their dreams as you pictured. Reality – and better theology – is that He wants to give us His dreams.

    We’ve stripped the cost of following Jesus out of the equation. Consequently, a so-called faith that doesn’t cost much is not valued by many followers today.

    • This verse hit me hard this week:

      Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites. But there’s far more to life for us.
      -Phillipians 3:17-21 (MSG)

  3. On Sep 2, 2010, at 4:36 AM, Bice, Donald wrote:

    >
    > My life – – – – – – Jesus’ example – – – – – – God’s Glory
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    >
    > John 12: 24 – We must be the grain of wheat that dies to bear much fruit.
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    > John 12:28 – Jesus said “Father, glorify your name”.
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    > John 12:43 – right vs. wrong motive – “for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God”.
    > your glory (man’s) or God’s Glory
    >
    > I believe Jesus would always point to the Father.
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    > He was the instrument through which God worked . . . so should we.
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    > Steven Curtis Chapman wrote some lyrics in a song that has stuck with me for many years.
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    > They are – “I can do all things through Christ that gives me strength, but sometimes I wonder what HE CAN DO THROUGH ME”, if I let him (wheat).

  4. Treasure Tolleson October 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Love it ALL!!! 🙂

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