“A common vision can unite people of very different temperaments.” – Tim Keller
Most church and business websites include mission and vision statements. They help us understand their purpose and why they do what they do. For example, at Northstar our vision and passion haven’t changed over the past two decades: we still exist to “help the whole world find and follow Jesus.” But we also believe that God has a personal mission for individuals, not just organizations.
God created you with a personal mission to fulfill during this life. Ephesians 2:10 tells us about this divine design. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” He lives in you to love you and live through you to fulfill His purpose for your life.
In the first part of Proverbs 29:18, we find a familiar portion of Scripture. Most people are familiar with the King James Version (KJV): “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” The translation in the NLT gives us insight as to why people with no vision perish: “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild…” In other words, where there is no vision, no direction from God, people will “do their own thing” and “go their own way,” which often does not go well.
Vision requires asking some tough questions: Do we as Christians have a sense of vision? Do we have a God-given dream? De we believe God is directing us? Leading us? We need the answers to those questions because we need God’s direction for our lives.
The idea of having a plan for the future makes perfect sense. But developing that plan sounds like the province of a corporate think tank. But is it really that complicated? We can simplify it by looking at our lives and asking what changes do we need to make going forward that we live our life so radically different that we are seen as people who are living their life “on mission” for Jesus Christ.
Think about it this way: what would your life be like if you were not afraid to believe God and your faith reflected that? What if you believed God’s promises? How different would you view your vision of the future? Would you dare to dream bigger dreams? The Bible says, “God . . . is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (Ephesians 3:20 TLB). God is capable of the impossible, but it begins with a vision.
Ask God, “What do you want me to do? How do you want me to do it? And when do you want me to do it?” Pray and ask God to bless what you are doing. Pray and ask God to begin experiencing Christ more intimately.
- How long has it been, if ever, since you asked God, “How am I doing?” What might be some of the ways God would use in your life to answer that question?
- How can a personal vision help you to know Christ and to know and experience His power and direction for your life?