“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?” John 3:10 (NIV) Nicodemus had the Old Testament Scriptures, not the New. The words “born again” do not occur in the Old Testament. But Jesus makes it clear that a person with the Old Testament should be...
“I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh… your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” Joel 2:28
Your old men shall dream dreams
Hope-filled seniors? This has to be a work of God’s Spirit, because as we get older, it’s easy to become more negative. We’ve all met such people, and none of us wants to be like that.
Life moves away from us as we get older, and it is easy to slide into self-pity and feel that nothing will ever be as good as it used to be. But here we have hope-filled seniors—older saints dreaming dreams!
When the most senior people in the church have great confidence in what God can do on earth, and great anticipation of what God has prepared in heaven, it is one of the great evidences of the pouring out of the Spirit of God.
Your young men shall see visions
Mission-focused young people! Again, this has to be a work of God’s Spirit, because when you are young, your natural tendency is to be taken up with what’s cool now. Life comes toward you when you are young—new music, new media. You are the target audience, and it’s easy to be completely consumed by it all.
But here are young people who see through all this. For them, eternal things matter. They see beyond the flashing screen. They see through the trivia and shallowness that is like an ocean all around them. They have a passion to glorify God and to make a difference in the world.
You say, “How’s that possible?” It’s only possible by the outpouring of the Spirit of God. Like William Carey, they “expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.”
What dream or vision has the Spirit placed on your heart?