WHAT IS VISION
What is vision? I previously wrote an Introduction to vision, vision means to see. In our context, it means to see ahead. It is the ability to have a pre-knowledge of an upcoming event. It is more interesting to know that God has a plan for His people both as a body and as individual. We serve a decent and orderly God. He is no author of confusion. He is a God of plans and purposes.
When He created the first man, He has a reason for it and had an assignment for him to carry out. He was to dress the garden and keep it. He was the king of Eden. And because “He is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He still has drawn out plan for every man on earth to day particularly the saints of God.
“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:3
This explains that Christ is the force behind creation. The Almighty God said about Himself,” I am the Lord I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” ( Malachi 3:6). All through scriptures, we see God’s plans unfold to His people. We have a predestinated life in God and through Him. We are not created by chance, but of destiny. We serve a God of plan and purpose.
Concerning Jeremiah, God said “ Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
Understand that you are born to fulfill a purpose or a particular course. A discovery of this course is what is called vision. Vision, therefore, can be define as the unfolding of a divine plan as it related to a nation, group of people or an individual. The unfolding of God’s plan about man’s life is the beginning of a great future. It is the beginning of that man’s stardom in the kingdom. You never become a star until you operate within the scope of God’s plan for your life.
Every believer has a peculiar pal, a peculiar function which has been assigned of him before he was born. Hear what God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5. Every believer has been ordained to carry out a particular function. We are the body of Christ.
“ Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” 1 corinthians 12:27
Each member has a function to carry out. As a member of the body, you are a steward of a particular function. God expects you to carry out this function. This is ministry. It is stewardship. It is not limited to the pulpit. Ministry is occupying your position as assigned by God. Have you come across a body which is just one big eye? Or one which is one big mouth? No! A body is made up of different members. Every member has a particular function and they all work together to the building up that body. Callings and election are not limited to preaching, you have a calling even in your marriage to lead your family in the way of the Lord, in your business, in your career, to establish a God-like business and career, and in every area of life.
Know this: No calling is of a low status. Every calling, every function is a high calling. Every calling culminates in Glory.
THE IMPORTANCE OF VISION
Vision is very important in a believer’s life. It puts an end to a life of struggle ( when you don’t discover God’s plan, you keep on struggling). This is because God only enables you to perform in the area He has make it seemingly effortlessly, smiling all the way.
- Your vision gives stability to your life; You know where you are heading. You have a goal and aim for it with a strong purposeful strides; not as one beating the air, your attitude change. Your actions change
- You will be enlisted into God’s army; your vision will give you a horse to ride on. You will be men who know where they are going and show forth the glory of God.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VISION AND AMBITION
No man gives himself vision. It is good for us to draw a line between vision and ambition.
Vision is God-given while Ambition is born out of an earthly drive to do better than others. It springs mostly out of envy and desire for power and self-recognition.
Hitler was a man driven by his own earthly ambition. He wanted to rule the world. He wanted the German nation to bear rule over the whole world and felt that the Jews were those standing in the way. Hitler had an ambition and nothing was too evil for him to do in order to achieve it.
George Muller, had a vision, a great man of faith. He had a heavenly dream, and wanted to put smile on the faces of all the orphans left after the war, gave up everything he had to start the orphanage, looking unto God and God alone and he never had to go stealing, killing, defrauding or begging for substance, yet was an ordinary man who had an extraordinary task and dared to step out in faith. This is a vision from God.
God does the placement and leaves it with the minister to either make good use of his calling, or sleep with it. God gives a task and gives the gift to accomplish it. When He gives, He never takes back.
As you read on, the Holy Spirit will open your eyes to know where your vision belongs, as you grasp a better understanding of visions for effectual implementation. God bless you. Amen.