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Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18, KJV).


“Movements are always birthed by dreamers who first envision life as it ought to be and not as it is. Dreamers stir people’s imaginations, agitate their souls, and inspire their hearts. George Bernard Shaw expressed the dreamer’s attitude when he said, ‘Some men see things as they are and ask, ‘Why?’ Others dream of things that never were and ask, ‘Why not?’” Dreamers are the cultural catalysts, reformers, and history makers. In order for us to experience the fulfillment of the Lord’s Prayer, ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’ (Mt.6:10), it’s vital that we begin to envision the world, not as it is, but as it ought to be” (Kris Vallotton, How Heaven Invades Earth, P.187).


I like what Vallotton says in this brief paragraph. It echoes the proverb I quoted at the beginning of this blog. Where there is no vision, people perish. The reason is that a vision for the future is what keeps us on course and what keeps us slogging through the muck and mire of everyday life. Most believers have a general vision for Christ’s kingdom on earth after his return. They look forward to the day when the heavens will split and Jesus will once again stand on the earth to judge the wicked while rewarding the righteous. After that, we will all live in health and prosperity for eternity. That is a worthy vision, but one that is out of our control. Jesus said that not even he knew the day or the hour of his return…only the Father knows.


But what about a vision that we can affect? What about a world in which entire nations are being discipled and leaders are actually governing with justice and righteousness? What about entire cities that willingly bow the knee to Jesus so that crime is almost nonexistent, divorce is the rare exception, poverty has been all but erased, and gifts of healing make the ER the least visited room in the city?


If you are not careful, you will immediately dismiss that vision as “pie in the sky” and not possible. And yet, would that not be God’s will on earth as it is in heaven? Did Jesus instruct us to pray for something that was not really possible or only possible in small, insignificant patches? Or did he expect us to carry a vision for massive changes in the earth before his return as we “make disciples of all nations.”


The power of a specific vision for the areas we can touch is that it focuses our efforts, our resources, and our prayers. Advancement is noticeable, measurable, and strategic. A shared vision unites and energizes believers. What if every church in a city shared the same vision and prayed into the same specific outcomes? As you think of a vision you begin to see the possibilities and begin to think of creative strategies to accomplish the vision. I love Bethel Church in Redding, California. It has a very clear vision for their city and even a sharper vision for their campus. They intend to evangelize their city and make it a city on a hill where Jesus truly is Lord from the City Council on down. They want their campus to become a cancer free zone in which any one with cancer can find healing there without exception.


I suspect that very few of us have anything but a vague vision for our life in the kingdom. If a life without vision causes people to perish, then living with a God-given vision should impart life. Sometimes I realize that my vision for serving God begins to get fuzzy and drift. When it does, my motivation wanes, my energy levels seem lower, my focus broadens, and my effectiveness slips. Recapturing the vision makes all the difference and if you have other believers in your life who share the same vision, the synergism of that is amazing.


We live in the Permian Basin – oil country. Years ago, the Western Company sold drilling rigs, oil field equipment, etc. and had an advertising slogan that declared, “If you don’t have an oil well…get one.” I think the Lord might say, “If you don’t have a vision, get one.”  It doesn’t have to be a vision for a worldwide ministry. It may simply be a vision for your ministry at your church, your family, or some way to serve your community. Ask God to give you a vision for your kingdom assignment. You may also find someone who already has a vision that the Holy Spirit causes to resonate in your heart. Then join with that person. Invest yourself and your resources in that cause. It will energize your life as you begin to partner with God to accomplish a dream given by him. Vision is the beginning of his will being done on earth as it is in heaven.




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