Thursday, May 16, 2013

Catch the Vision by Martin Wiles

There are some things I enjoy sharing, but presently this wasn’t one of them. As an elementary age student, getting glasses was a horrible experience.

Glasses may be stylish now, but they weren’t when I procured them. Manufacturers constructed atrocious frames, and-unless they were old, people who wore glasses were called “four eyes” and made fun of. My experience was similar. Receiving the news that I needed them wasn’t exciting.

Jesus told a story about a servant who wasn’t excited about his news either. But the third servant brought back only the original amount of money and said, ‘Master, I hid your money and kept it safe (Luke 19:20 NLT). His boss had left on a trip and entrusted him and others with investment responsibilities. Each one performed well except him. He neglected his duty because he didn’t share his master’s vision and was selfish. The end result: he lost his opportunity.

When there’s no vision, businesses flounder, community organizations deteriorate, and investments dwindle. When spiritual vision is lacking, similar things happen. I flounder around with no divine aims and goals, and the quality of my walk with Christ deteriorates.

God has a general vision for everyone, but realizing his specific plan for me requires asking him to share it. That’s followed by allowing his Spirit to guide me to goals that will help me reach it. Simply knowing God has a vision for me accomplishes nothing.

Living out God’s vision for your life is rewarding and exciting and leads to a sense of fulfillment not discovered anywhere else. As a Christian, his vision for you will somehow relate to his vision for all believers: spread his love worldwide and teach others to obey his commands. Have you discovered God’s plan for you? Are you living it?

Prayer: Thank You Father for choosing to use us in Your worldwide plan of making Your love known to others. Guide us to the specific spot where You want us to work.

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