So I’m a little bit of a word-nerd. I was an English major in college, focused my Master’s on “great books,” and get so tickled when a Bible study digs down to the original Greek or Hebrew. I don’t understand it all – and I rarely remember them – but there is a Greek word that I learned recently at a Beth Moore simulcast that I just love. Especially when it comes to God-sized dreams. The word is “prosecho” and it means a few things, depending where you find it in scripture. Most notably it means:
- to be attentive
- to devote thought and effort
- to bring a ship to land
It’s what we’re doing as we sail these uncharted waters of our God-sized dreams, isn’t it? We’re attentive to the call God has put on our hearts. We devote thought and effort into the planning and execution of each step of the dream as God opens each door. And we hold firm on course with the goal of bringing our ship to land.
In Acts 16:14 it’s used to describe the way Lydia (the first Christian convert in Europe) listened attentively to Paul and “the Lord opened her heart to respond.” When we tune our hearts toward Jesus, we’re better equipped to respond to the call He’s put on our life and the plans He has for us. When I think about this, I see myself as I make a request of my toddler, only to have her continue about her business, unresponsive.
Will you join me today over at God-Sized Dreams as I share the rest? I’d love to see you there!
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