According to Scripture, one of the key components of God’s people doing His will is vision, whether it is Old Testament and the wise man Solomon saying, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Prov. 29:18a); or New Testament as you hear Jesus saying, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35); or even as you listen to the prophets just preaching sermons, their message is often referred to as a vision. It can be a corporation, a sports team, or even a flock of geese. Vision is important. When it comes to the things of God, whether in a personal way or a combined congregational way, a vision is essential, so what is it that we need to look at and how is our vision supposed to be shaped?
First and foremost, we need to have a blessed vision. By that I am talking about a vision from God. What He sees and what His heart longs for should be the passion of our own lives. There is no other place to begin but before Him. When we adopt a blessed vision, we begin to look in ways that He looks and the reverse of that is also true that we look away from the things that are not central to Him. How many times have you known of a church to get off course and the members get out of step with each other and the Lord, simply because the people begin to look at what they want, their needs, their desires, and their passion, and lose sight of a world for which Jesus loved and died and the hurting souls for which He lives? If you follow Jesus and see what He saw and the way He responded to those people, you will find that He saw lost people who needed to be found and saved people who needed to be salvaged. If the simplicity of His viewpoint was adopted by all of us in our hearts, every worship service would be transformed. Every prayer would have deeper meaning. Every sermon would be laced with the life of Christ. Every song would take on new inspiration.
A second thought that I would offer is that we need to avoid blurred vision. Sometimes in our efforts to get clear vision, we get so involved in correcting our vision that we lose our vision. What do I mean by that? Well, a friend of mine not long ago was in a hurry on Sunday morning getting ready and getting off to church. Part of the process of getting ready involved contact lenses. Rushing through the process, everything was completed and now with vision intact, off to church he went. It wasn’t long, in fact on the way to church, it seemed as though things were not clear. Vision was blurred. At church, it appeared that something was not right. People did not look right. It was impossible to read the Bible. The words of the songs were not legible. It was only later in the day when my friend got home that the problem was discovered. In the rush to get ready and put the contacts in, both of the contacts were put in the same eye. Two contacts in one eye do not make for clear vision in either eye. It is just a note of caution to all of us who may want to have a vision from God and to go running toward that vision, to make sure that we don’t have a blurred vision or move beyond where the Lord wants us to be.
In order to have clear vision, though, a third thing is important and that is that we assess our blooming or growing vision. Some of us have a hard time seeing past our nose, but many of us, as we follow the Lord, may wonder where the path is going just down the way. Only God knows the completion of the kingdom of redemptive vision, but it seems as though He gives us only a few steps at a time and then He shows us more. The great man of faith, Abraham, heard God speak to him and say, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee” (Gen. 12:1). It’s important to note that Abraham was not told where he was going, but he was told to follow God. Step by step, hill by hill, the vision blossomed before him, and so it will for you and for your church. God will not leave us, but He for sure will lead us.
Pause today and ask God to give you clear vision of who He is and what He wants to do in your life, and then follow where He guides you.
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