As we continue our weeklyish blog series on giving I want us to heed some wisdom from my old friend Oswald Chambers.  In the next month or so we will be hearing from some guest missionary bloggers (which I am really excited about) and we will also think and struggle through John 12:1-7, a tough task. But for now I encourage you to take a look at this short commentary by Mr. Chambers through the eyes of giving.  What do you think this Chambers post has to do with giving?  What dream should be a reality in your life?  What specifically do you need to stop thinking about and start doing?  What excuses do you use to not actively give or go?  Now here’s Oswald.

John 14:31- but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. ‘Come now; let us leave.’”

Dreaming about a thing in order to do it properly is right; but dreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong. After Our Lord had said those wonderful things to His disciples, we might have expected that He would tell them to go away and meditate over them all; but Our Lord never allowed “mooning.” When we are getting into contact with God in order to find out what He wants, dreaming is right; but when we are inclined to spend our time in dreaming over what we have been told to do, it is a bad thing and God’s blessing is never on it. God’s initiative is always in the nature of a stab against this kind of dreaming, the stab that bids us “neither sit nor stand but go.”

If we are quietly waiting before God and He has said – “Come ye yourselves apart,” then that is meditation before God in order to get at the line He wants; but always beware of giving over to mere dreaming when once God has spoken. Leave Him to be the source of all your dreams and joys and delights, and go out and obey what He has said. If you are in love, you do not sit down and dream about the one you love all the time, you go and do something for him; and that is what Jesus Christ expects us to do. Dreaming after God has spoken is an indication that we do not trust Him.