by Rick Warren — April 25, 2022
From Time to Dream: Trusting God to Open Doors
“When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s.”
1 John 2:2 (The Message)
Because Jesus already paid for all your sins.
They were paid for before you even knew God had a dream for your life. The Bible says about Jesus, “When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s” (1 John 2:2 The Message).
When Jesus died on the cross, he paid for all your sins—the ones in your past, present, and future. If you don’t believe that when Jesus died on the cross, he paid for all your sins, then you’re saying that Jesus’ sacrifice wasn’t enough. Through the cross, everything you’ve ever done wrong was wiped out, forgiven, cleansed, purified, eliminated, and forgotten. Understanding that lets you live in the freedom to pursue God’s dream for your life.
Because God’s goodness isn’t based on your performance.
God’s goodness to you is based not on whether you deserve it but on the fact that he is a good God.
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” (Titus 3:5 NIV). That’s called grace! And it’s all you need to accept the good things God wants to do in your life.
Because God’s calling and gifts are given unconditionally.
God has a call for each person’s life. He has called you to a certain dream and purpose. He has given you gifts to fulfill that calling—and they are given unconditionally. If you had to work for them, they wouldn’t be called gifts.
God’s dream for your life is still in full force. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been working on it for years, or you’re getting started on it a little later in life.
It’s never too late to get God’s dream.