Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”
(The seven lamps[a] represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.)
This morning I would like to speak a message that I believe the Lord has placed upon my heart entitled “Dream Big and Act Small.”
How many want to dream big for God?
How many here want to be great for God?
How many here believe God has not only called you to be great, but He has also called you to do great things?
I believe God has called us to be great for Him.
God has called us to do great things for Him.
God wants to use our lives to make an impact on this world for His Honor and His Glory.
Tell your neighbor I am called to do great things.
God didn’t call us to fail, God didn’t call us to be average and God has called us to do great exploits.
In the book of Joshua Chapter 1 verse 8 – God says be strong and courageous.
In the book of Daniel Chapter 11 verse 32 – It says those who know their God shall stand strong and do great exploits.
In the book of Isaiah Chapter 40:31 – It says “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Here is one more for us the faithful Jeremiah 29:11- For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
I think it is exciting to know that God has great things for our lives, and He wants to use our lives to make an impact on this generation.
Now even though God has great things for our lives, and we can dream big for Him, I think it is also important that we not only dream big, but we learn how to act small.
What do I mean by that?
I think the dream or vision that we have should be backed up by small actions that we can take today.
Not only should we dream big, but we should start with small actions today.
I can say that I have heart to start a business, but my excuse for not starting the business is because I don’t have my own storefront.
Even though I have a big dream, the bigness of the dream is stopping me from getting started.
Now on the other hand I can have a dream to start a business and no I may not have my own store front, but I can find something that I can do today that will take me in that direction.
Such as: Take a class on business, read a book on business, ask a business for a few minutes of his time and pick his brain.
See if we are not careful the bigness of our dream or vision can stop us from acting now.
So that is what I mean when I say dream big but act small.
Let me give you another example:
I can say I have a dream to go to university and become a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or an engineer, but I don’t have the finances to go to university, so I am not going to pursue it.
Now even though I have a big dream, the bigness of the dream is stopping me from pursuing it.
Sometimes we can dream so big that the bigness of our dream can become he excuse for not getting started today.
If you and I really have a desire to go to university or whatever we say we want to do, then the challenge take small action now and that will get us toward our dream.
If we are not willing to get started in the small things that will lead us toward our vision or dream, then maybe we need to stop saying we have a dream. Maybe we need to ask ourselves, do we really have a desire to do what we are saying what we want to do.
The cool thing is when you and I put the dream in action form it will really check us to find out if we are just saying we want to do something or if we really have the desire to do it.
Like I said the bigness of our dream can become the excuse of why we don’t do it.
Let’s get back to the topic of going to university to be a doctor, lawyer, policeman or engineer. I may not have the finances to start university just yet, but I am going to find some small actions that will take me toward my dream.
Maybe I can buy a book about being a lawyer – I am dreaming big, but I am acting small.
Maybe I can get a side job and save up for that university class, I am still dreaming big, but I am acting small.
Maybe I can go to the student that is in university that doesn’t have all the money in the world and ask them what are steps they took to get into university. I am dreaming big, but I am acting small.
Maybe I can go that doctor and ask what are steps he/she took to get started and to get to where they are, I am dreaming big, but I am acting small.
Maybe I can go to that pastor, missionary, teacher, professional footballer, or leader and say excuse me but can I ask you a few questions? How did you get to where you are today?
I am dreaming big, but I am acting small.
I don’t know what your dream is today, but I just stopped by to encourage you start taking some small steps.
The Bible says don’t despise humble beginnings.
Did you know that great things start with small beginnings?
In 1967, Pastor Sonny and Sister Julie Arguinzoni were led by God to start a ministry dedicated to reaching the hurting people of the worlds' inner cities. We began in a small building on Gless St. in the heart of East Los Angeles, and began reaching out to the surrounding areas.
From those humble beginnings more than fifty years ago, God has developed a worldwide ministry still dedicated to the original vision.
Victory Outreach is the recognized leader in the field of sustainable transformational ministry. Since 1967, we have helped thousands of people take control of their lives.
In South Africa we currently house over 300 men and women who were once bound to drug addiction, in and out of prison and involved in gangsterism.
We have seen God change lives, restore families and place a calling on their lives.
From our simple beginning, we have grown into an international organization, carrying the hope and message of Jesus Christ to the four corners of the earth.
Who would have thought a ministry that started in a small building in East Los Angeles would become a worldwide movement that is impacting lives and restoring families?
From a small church in East Los Angeles to hundreds of churches around the world.
Now we find ourselves in Cape Town, South Africa, Mitchells Plain, Johannesburg, East Rand, Pretoria and soon to be Port Elizabeth.
We just had our run for hope yesterday where we raised over R475,000 to help us establish more churches and Free recovery homes throughout South Africa and the world.
Not only that but coming up in December we are having our South Africa conference where church family is coming from all over the world to celebrate with us what God is doing in South Africa.
Is there anybody here that is grateful that our founders didn’t despise humble beginnings.
I don’t think you heard me, I said is there anybody here that is grateful that our founders didn’t despise humble beginnings?
They had a dream, but they were willing to take small steps.
This morning I wanted to encourage someone this morning. You don’t ever now where our small beginnings may lead, that is why the bible says do not despise humble beginnings.
Where is the next Pastor? Take a small step.
Where is the next Home Director? Take a small step.
Where is the next City Taker? Take a small step.
Where is the next Missionary? Take a small step.
Where is the next United We Can giver? Take a small step.
Where is the next V.E.T.I teacher? Take a small step.
Where is the next lawyer? Take a small step.
Where is the next college or university student? Take a small step.
I want to encourage you to dream big but act small.
Sermon: Dream Big Act Small
Hello everybody and thank you for stopping by my website. I am originally from the United States, but now I am a missionary with Victory Outreach Church in Cape Town, South Africa. I have been in Cape Town for 7 years now and we work with those that have been affected by drug addiction and gangsterism. I have a passion to work with young people and I have been involved in youth ministry for over 30 years now. I am currently the youth pastor at Victory Outreach Church in Cape Town, South Africa and it is a privilege to serve this generation. If you would like to contact me personally you can do so by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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