Often people speak about their “hopes and dreams”. Set your hopes and dreams high, right? It seems like everyone can have hopes and dreams for FREE….so why not imagine? This is one of those tricky messages that twists truth to become deceptive….but sounds so totally good and true.
Have you ever thought to realize that your hopes and dreams become your goals? They are not free because they cost you your life! If you really start to put hope in someone or something, then you will start moving that way. You will begin to invest your time, resources, talents, efforts, and everything you can (maybe even your prayers) into attaining that hope.
Let’s take 2 extreme examples. If someone really values freedom and hopes to live unshackled by the world system and free to direct their own life and time, they are likely to live minimally. They will not put themselves in debt (bondage) to anyone. They might choose to live in a “tiny house” and possibly in a place where they can maintain a subsistence lifestyle. They will not get caught up in materialism or money based things. Their lifestyle may be more physically laborious concerning gathering of food, clothing, and other necessities. Their hope for freedom and simple self-sustained living directs their life, time, energy, and use of talents and resources.
Another person may have hopes and dreams of a beautiful comfortable house with lots of modern conveniences and a huge walk-in closet full of high fashion apparel and accessories. This person may also “live for” travel, pleasure, fun, and entertainment. They want it now while they are young, so they do not mind going into debt to the maximum they are allowed. To achieve their hopes and dreams, they are willing to turn over all their time, efforts, and talents in a job to get the money to buy all these hopes and dreams.
Do you see how costly hopes and dreams can be?
These were 2 extreme examples. There are many other people and things in which we can put our hopes and dreams. We can hope and dream for our family and children. We can hope and dream for career success. We can hope and dream for honor and recognition for the work we do. We can hope and dream for someone to love us…..as in finding a spouse. We can hope and dream about having a “perfectly” shaped body. We can also hope and dream religiously as in hoping to evangelize the world.
It may be profitable to examine our hopes because they are going to be very very costly. We only have so much time on this earth. What are we investing it in? What are we hoping for? Plus, we need to examine if our hopes are really false or empty hopes, rather than true hopes which are worth investing ourselves and our time? What part does faith have in our hopes? Who or what are we serving due to the hopes we imagine? What does Yeshua Jesus say?
Matthew 6:19-25 (Amplified version), “Do not store up for yourselves material treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body; so if your eye is clear and spiritually perceptive, your whole body will be full of light and benefiting from God’s precepts. But if your eye is bad [spiritually blind], your whole body will be full of darkness [devoid of God’s precepts]. So if the very light inside you [your inner self, your heart, your conscience] is darkness, how great and terrible is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]. “Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing?”
What we set our hopes on is very costly!