One of the most important and most discussed topics in all of life is VISION. Without vision, we become like the blind. Says so in Proverbs 29:18 (click following link). http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2029:18;&version=65;;
King James Version says we “perish”. Many other versions use the phrase, “cast off restraint”. But The Message version says we “fall all over” ourselves. Physical analogies are evident.
When it comes to phyical eyesight, it is our vision or eyesight that leads us where we are going. Physically, we see, so we act. This is NOT the case of the spiritually led individual. We believe, we act in faith and THEN we see. Hebrews 12:1 – “Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.” If we have to see before we act, this is NOT faith, and we are NOT truly being lead by the Spirit.
Because of impairment, some people must wear glasses to be able to see clearly. I am thankful every day that the Lord has provided me with perfect physical vision (spiritual vision is ALWAYS a work in progress). The older we get, the worse our eyesight will become. It’s natural. This body we live in is temporary. (Hallelujah! I don’t have to have this one forever! Now I don’t have to have plastic surgery or botox!) I’m just glad He fitted mine with good eyesight.
Some people who need glasses simply ignore it, avoiding the optometrist. This puts unneccessary strain upon the eyes to focus. Sometimes, our perscription eyewear is outdated and we need stronger, or possibly weaker, lenses. Yet people struggle through until a “convenient” time comes along. I simply haven’t found an such “convenient” times in my life.
Many in the Church today stumble around with this same mindset for their spiritual lives. They are constantly straining to see something that requires adjustment to their vision. What they “think” they see is simply a blurry view of a more perfect picture. Instead of making an appointment to see the Doctor and let Him fix it, they simply stumble around falling all over themselves as if they know the details of what they perceive with bad vision. But WHAT A DIFFERENCE when He regains our vision!
When my vision gets blurry, I simply get down on my knees and ask God to correct my vision. Sometimes, it’s new glasses. Other times it requires extensive surgery. Or, it may be that I just need to wipe the junk out of my eyes and get my vision back on the right things.
I am extremely privileged to be invited to participate in an important roundtable “Think Tank” this week. It is designed to focus on spiritual vision and planning for future. This is what VISION is all about. Without a vision; without a plan; without a goal to reach for; we will fall all over ourselves because we each have different opinions or ideas about where we are going and how to get there.
What areas do you think the Church needs to have a greater VISION for? What about your life? Come on, share your VISION with the rest of us!