“The Importance of Vision ”
Devotional written by:
Pastor Buck Benton
Verse of the Week
Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the Law.
When you break down this translation, what it means is that when men and women don’t get any direction from God, they run wild. I believe this is how many live their lives, running around chasing one thing to the next or as the Bible puts it, a “chasing after the wind”. 80 years of milling around, some good times, some bad times but not a lot of purpose and intent. This is a sad reality because God has so much more than that for you. But it begins with vision, and with vision we can prayerfully not miss the opportunity to live our lives with power, purpose and passion
Point 1: Vision must start with Who Jesus is and what He has done.
(2 Corinthians 3: 14-15)
The Bible talks about the “eyes” of our hearts being veiled while we live in sin. In this state we can’t see where we're going in life because the eyes of our hearts are darkened by sin. We walk around in darkness stumbling through life and the pains and toils of it searching for purpose and meaning. Then something glorious happens, through the preaching of the Gospel and the drawing of our Heavenly Father, we’re invited to turn and repent from our sin and look into His marvelous light. What we see is a Savior who loves us, forgives us of our sin and takes the veil of our heart away so that we can be transformed and ever transforming into the image of Christ. We then can have quality vision of who Jesus actually is, what He actually did, and what we are to do in response. This is a precious gift from God to illuminate His goodness in the Gospel so that we can see Him clearly. This is the first step of vision.
Point 2: We then must receive vision of God's Heart
(Genesis 12:1-3, Matthew 28: 18-20, Revelation 5:9)
Cover to cover we must begin to read the Bible as God’s Story. It encompasses 66 books, 40 authors and thousands of years of time in between writings but the over arching theme of the story is the same. God richly blesses us with salvation, when we receive our spiritual sight and receive Jesus by faith we are saved for all eternity. It was God’s love that accomplished this and that is amazing news. But we also see a responsibility with that blessing. God wants us to grow more and more in our knowledge of Him and our worship of Him. As we are doing that, we will begin to feel the responsibility of that blessing and embrace God’s vision and heart for the world. God desires worshippers among all nations. He’s a God who loves the whole world and He wants to use His people to reach the world. It’s only in seeing God’s vision that we can begin to live our lives with the purpose and the intent for which we were created. We are created to know God and make Him known. We glorify Him by proclaiming the Gospel and making disciples wherever we go. We have a part in God’s Story and we have a responsibility to play that part.
Point 3: We must receive vision of our part in God's Story
As we’re working through the progression of vision, this is the part that we personally play in God’s story. We’ve heard many people say, “I’ve been called to” language as it comes to ministry or doing something for the Lord. Sometimes this word can be misused or overused and I want to explain that by saying we’ve all been called to ministry in building God’s Kingdom and advancing it in some way or another. I like the terminology “vision” much better because it implies that we must look to God and then respond accordingly as we seek Him. As we seek Him, as we learn more and more of what He wants to do in the earth, our job is to really jump on board with what He wants to do using our gifts and talents to further the Kingdom. Some are called to be missionaries, plant churches, lead small groups, start a non-profit, be Godly leaders and bosses in the secular world, faithful church attenders, incredible parents, adoption/fostering, taking care of the poor. Whatever you’re called to do, all play a critical role in God’s big story. Once we’ve come to faith in Christ we’ve become a part of His body, and just like any healthy body, all the parts need to be functioning in healthy unison with the rest of the body. This is the exciting part, asking God to show us our part to play.
What burdens your heart? What’s something that keeps you up at night wanting to see changed?
What lights you on fire? What births passion in you? And as you think on it and envision it, does it create a better future for the glory of God and the good of man? This may be an evidence of a worthy personal vision.
Is it big enough to scare you? If your vision doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. Cover to cover God is continually calling men and women out beyond their ability to learn that they can trust Him. God specializes in using everyday ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Don’t cheat God with vision that isn’t God sized. (See Ephesians 3:20-21)
The Disciple Making Summit is on January 27th-28th in Sharpsburg GA. This would be a great opportunity to learn more about making disciples.
January 9th will begin our annual 21 days of fasting and prayer.