Recently, God placed a dream in my heart to write a book. As I faced off with the dreaded blank page I was assailed by all the mental enemies that reinforced what I was already feeling inside - “You can’t write; you’ll never write anything good.” As I was sparring with these emotional Nazis, a friend of mine called and without any knowledge of the battle I was in began to encourage and prophesy over my destiny to to write a book. His prophecy helped me get in touch with the call of God on my life and the courage that was available to me in Christ. He reminded me of the passion that had been beaten down by discouragement and many failed attempts to write. As soon I hung up the phone this incredible energy rose up in me, and I wrote for the rest of the day.
Covenant community is about believing in and fighting for the wildest dreams of our brother and sister in Christ’s heart. This is the exact opposite of the spirit of the world that only looks out for themselves and demeans and pushes others down in pursuit of success. In the kingdom of God as we serve and sow into the dreams of others God makes a way for us.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 23:16-17, “Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God. Thus he said to him, “do not be afraid, because the hand of Saul my father will not find you, and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to you.”
The story of Jonathan and David is an astounding picture of what it means to fight for another person’s dreams. Jonathan was the heir apparent to his father Saul’s throne; yet David was called and anointed by God as the young man to succeed Saul. Most people would have been provoked to a jealous rage, but Jonathan, surprisingly, did the exact opposite. He laid down his right to be king in order to serve the dream of his friend, David. In one of David’s most vulnerable times in life, as he was on the run from Saul, Jonathan reminded him of the call of God on his life to be king and put courage back into his heart.
Jonathan could’ve pointed out the obvious and said, “David, you are broke, living in caves, and on the run for your life. No one is behind you. You could never be king.” Yet, he lifted his eyes above the obvious crisis and failure that David was in and spoke to the truth of his kingly call! Jonathan saw a king in David when others saw a rebellious dissenter. Jonathan’s encouragement ultimately prepared the way for David to become king.
Can you imagine living in a group of people that make it a high priority to see each other succeed? What would happen on our campuses, our churches and in our city if we laid down our lives to make each other great? What if everyone around you actually fulfilled their dreams? Could the way we live cultivate and empower a community of kings?
Can you think of a time when someone saw the call of God in you and encouraged you? How did it make you feel?
Get together with your friends and have them share the wildest dreams of their heart. Spend time encouraging them. Then write down 1-2 ways you can fight for your friends dream on a regular basis.