Every parent has dreams for their kids. Some parents say "My dream for you is to be happy." I am skeptical about "happiness dreams." It is impossible to be happy all the time. I dream about my kids being able to support themselves and finding fulfillment. Even when life is a struggle, if we are doing what we feel we are called to do, then we will know fulfillment. So what is God's dream for God's children? It is simple really. God dreams for the kingdom of God to come to earth. We hear God's dream each time we worship. In the Lord's prayer we recite the words ".... thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven." If you don't want God's kingdom to come on earth then stop praying it! John the Baptist warned us to "repent, the kingdom of God is near." Jesus separates himself from John the Baptist by teaching us the kingdom of God is not just at hand, or even coming soon; the kingdom of God is here and now! God's dream is for all of us to live the kingdom of God on earth just like in heaven. We are to live in faith, (as if), we see it, taste it, and know that kingdom now.
In the Kingdom of God all persons are to be treated with dignity and respect. Maybe we can't usher in the kingdom of God throughout the world but can't we do it in our small groups, and our local congregations? What if we do what we can, with what we have, where we find ourselves? What if we, the church for tomorrow, draw a perimeter around our local church locations and declare to the broader community "Here is the place where God's dream is fulfilled. Don't wait till you die. Taste the kingdom now, right here, in this place, with these people. " I've seen little glimpses of God's realm. I've heard the cries of people being real, and felt the bracing shower of forgiveness wash over me. I've known the love of people who apart from Jesus might not ever even trust me. Haven't you seen eyes opened, hearts healed, and the crippled begin to walk? Jesus talk is bold talk, inclusive talk, dream talk which is what it takes to turn anything around. I'm tired of meetings that don't matter, and worship that mouthes platitudes they don't mean. I want the church for tomorrow to transform the world. I want to live God's dream in the company of others, and I believe the kingdom is now. Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work on dream fulfillment.