Where there is no vision, the people perish. Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. Psalm 19.105 Proverbs 29.18. And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will see visions. Joel 2.28 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here I am Lord, send me!” Isaiah 6.8
I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. We gather this afternoon to seek the guidance of the Lord for the direction He would have us to take – as a body of believers, as individuals. We seek the vision He has given us collectively and personally. We seek it together, in His Word, in our prayers, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
We are better together. Ecclesiastes 4.12 states A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but 2 can stand back to back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. We are all parts of the same body, and each part is important. None of us can do this alone, none is more – or less- needed than another part.
Transforming a community – having a renewal of the Spirit in the neighborhood where God has planted us – takes a big vision for people. It takes complete reliance and obedience to a Creator God who we believe has a plan for us! We believe He is coming back for His bride; the church and we believe that He does not intend for any to be lost. He wants all to hear and to be a part of His eternal, forever family!
I spent most of my week ministering to people who did not have vision – one because substance abuse was in the way, one because grief, pride and bitterness kept him from seeking truth, another because ego and pride would not allow surrender. In each case what was lost, eventually, was hope. At the end of the day – our vision must be to bring HOPE to a lost and dying community.
Will you do your part … will you go where He sends? Praying for all who have lost their way today.