Friday, April 8, 2011

Word of the day: VISION

There is nothing like the passion of a God honoring, church strengthening, heart thumping vision. More than just some childhood dream or short-lived amusement park thrill ride, it is, according to Bill Hybels, "the fuel that leaders run on, the energy that creates action, the fire that ignites the passion of its followers". Jesus saw clearly the will of the Father in the "joy that was set before Him", Abraham looked for a city "whose builder and maker was God", Moses chose to "suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season", Nehemiah looked past the rubble of the walls and led a nation in a glorious rebuilding project, John, though exiled, was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day and given the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ! And then there is Paul: his vision of preaching the Gospel to the gentiles of Rome took him as far as a person can go... to death... of which he said "for me to live is Christ and to die is gain".
A vision without a task is a dream;
A task without a vision is drudgery;
A vision with a task is the hope of the world!
Today is a good day to ask God for a vision of some task that you can do for Him that will require your complete reliance upon His enabling power to accomplish it well.
"Where there is no vision, the people perish" Proverbs 29:18

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