Life is a journey, and everyone ends up somewhere in life, but few people end up somewhere on purpose. That’s why 1 Peter 1:17 says, “Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God.” Those who do this might have a lot of things going for them, but count on it, they have a vision. You must have a vision for your life: a mental picture of what you want the different areas of your life to look like personally, professionally, relationally, and even spiritually.
If I were to ask you where you would you like to see yourself in 10 years, could you tell me? Or would you hesitate and say, “I need to get back with you on that.” If so, that’s an indication you are lacking in the area of vision. You get a vision for your life, marriage, family, church, etc., by looking at what is and asking these questions: “What could it be?” and in some situations, “What should it be?”
Vision is a mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction of what should be.
Vision is a preferred future; a destination. Vision always stands in contrast to what the world is.
Vision is change; it implies movement.
Vision requires our hearts and minds to wonder outside the boundaries imposed on us by the world.
So, what is your vision?
What is keep you up at night?What makes you mad?What makes you cry?
Without a vision, you will likely come to the end of your life and wonder . . .
- What could have I done?
- What should have I done?
Like many, you may wonder if your life even counted.
Vision increases the odds that you will look back on your life with a deep, abiding sense of satisfaction.
I did it. I succeeded. I finished well.
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Without a vision, the people perish.”
You need to make sure your vision is from God.If your vision is really from God,it will somehow be connected to His church and His plan for the world. You see,a God-honoring vision will help and bless people in tangible ways.
Why would God want to give you a self-centered vision, unconnected with what He wants to do in the world? He wants to use you for His vision and His plan. By the way, God always resources the visions He gives, so you don’t have to worry about that.
But before all of that, we need to embrace God’s vision for us.
What is that?
First, that we would know Him in a deep, personal way.
Not a religious experience,but a relationship with a real,living,personal God.
Second, that we would experience freedom. You say freedom from what? Our hurts, habits, and hang ups.
Until you experience the freedom and transforming power of God’s grace in your life, you will be enslaved by your own hurts, habits, and hang ups. These things cloud your vision.
Without the freedom of forgiveness, you’ll end up doing things for the wrong reasons: trying to earn the approval of others, trying to run away from your pain, trying to remedy your guilt, trying to impress God and others. When we are motivated by these illegitimate reasons, we are bound to be burned out and bitter in the end. You can’t see clearly if your life is filled with hurts, habits, and hang ups.
The third part of God’s vision for you is that you discover your purpose. You can’t do this until you are fully engaged with the first two. Someone has said that the two greatest days of your life are the day you were born and the day you understand why. When you know that, your life takes on a whole new meaning.
Which leads to this final one:You end up making a difference. You can do the first three by yourself, but this last one takes other people. That is why God has called us to fulfill His vision, and that happens through the local church. It is the hope of the world living and teaching the truth of Jesus Christ.
You are going to end up somewhere. Why not end up there on purpose.