Archive | June, 2013

May We All Cling to the Vision of Christ

18 Jun

Vision.  It is something that can difficult to find.  It is something that is absolutely necessary. It is something that, at times, can be downright elusive.  It is something that you must have as a leader.  It is something that people need.  It is something that we must cling to even when there is no tangible evidence of it.  Vision.

Proverbs 29:18 teaches us, “Where there is no vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.” When there is no vision, or prophetic teaching, present then the people become ungovernable or rebellious.  I think it is vitally important, though, that we take this down to an individual level and not just stay up at a corporate level.  If I am not clinging to the vision that God has placed in my heart through the Holy Spirit, then I am blowing in the wind and tossed about as I go through life.  Each follower of Christ is imbued with a vision of purpose and calling at the point of salvation.  Now certainly, it may, and usually is not, immediately be completely clear.  However, rest assured that as you grow in your walk with Jesus, the vision of Christ will become more and more clear to you. You will begin to understand new facets and components of what God has uniquely gifted you as His adopted son or daughter to do.

This is the point at which you face a life-altering decision.  Jesus will call each of us out of a comfort zone at one point or another.  It is possible that He will call you out of your comfort zone on multiple occasions.  So, will you stay true to what is familiar and comfortable, or will you take the step of faith and get out of the boat as Peter did to go after Jesus?  

It’s not always easy.  In fact, it usually isn’t easy.  However, if we follow after the Lord, we will be in the best place possible.  It is when we are following after the Vision of Christ in our lives that we will be most stretched, most pushed, and most challenged in our faith, but it is also when we will most grow, develop, and advance in our walk with Him. And if God has placed a vision in your heart and promised to lead you in a certain direction it will come to pass.  Habakkuk 2:2-3 reads,

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.  For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie.  If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”

So, what will you do? Will you stand frozen in fear of leaving what is comfortable and familiar, or will you follow after the vision that God is calling you to in Him?