Small is safe. Small dreams. Small goals. If we don’t reach a small goal, it doesn’t feel like such a big deal because it was small. We aren’t ever really that invested in something small because, well, because it’s small! I believe God is inviting us to BIG.
Enlarge. Stretch out. Do not hold back. Lengthen. Strengthen. The language in this passage of Isaiah (chapter 54) is not small language, it’s HUGE language. In the original text, the word used for enlarge means to make wide open. Wide open!! You can’t do small in wide open. Wide open means all of it, big, huge, without end and without restraint. This language is vast and, as a human, terrifying to me.
What if I fail? What if people don’t like me? When we start to move into places of enlargement or wide open spaces, the risk increases. Risk brings fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of embarrassment, fear of failure. Small is easily laughed off, big is easily laughed at. We end up staying small because it’s safe, problem is that we don’t serve a small God.
God is our safety and our refuge but following God is not a “safe” endeavor. When we put our faith in Jesus, we take a risk from the human perspective. We have no physical evidence that God is who He says He is, but we know it to be true. So in this passage of Isaiah, God’s inviting us to go big. Enlarge our dreams, stretch out o places you’ve never been, lengthen and strengthen your sphere of influence, do not hold back. DO NOT HOLD BACK!!
God is leading you somewhere because He is always leading us into deeper places. We all have a call. What’s yours? Are you going for big and risking it all on God, or are you staying small? God is never going to let you down so you have to keep your heart focused on heaven and not earth. Success and failure aren’t defined in heaven as they are here in earth so seek out the heavenly definitions.
Take some time today to read Isaiah 54. God’s invitation to dream big are followed up by His promise to bless you. Don’t hold back, God wants to use you in big ways.