Posted by News Express | 22 March 2016 | 2,633 times
Dear friends, you were created for a vision. It is totally abnormal to live a life without vision. It is a life of misery, a life of loss and a life of woes. You have your specific vision from the throne of God. One of the greatest tasks of anyone on the earth is to first discover their vision for life.
“I think that the greatest gift God ever gave man is not the gift of sight but the gift of vision.” —Dr. Myles Munroe
The word vision comes from seeing. That is where we take the word visual from. It is the same root word for visibility. By vision, we mean seeing just like our eyes see. We have a term like the vision of the eye. So how does this all contribute to destiny? What is its relationship to purpose? What is the correlation between this vision and Jeremiah chapter one?
Well, vision as we have said earlier means seeing. Seeing what? Simple, seeing what God sees. That is my definition of vision, the ability to see in unison with God. When you can see what God sees in regards to your life, then you have a vision.
Even though there are many techniques that could be applied to help you obtain your vision from God, yet that is not the topic of today. My mission today is to emphasise the role and significance of vision in our lives.
Again, let me point out that the reason why most of the numerous teachings that we have on vision through seminars, symposiums, life coaches, motivational speaking, etc. is not so effective in giving individuals vision is because, they often don’t tell people the truth, that vision is seeing in unison with God.
We give out the techniques, but without understanding hence the people cannot apply effectively what they have been taught. But if the goal is to see how God sees from the onset, then it is clear where to look for vision. Then it is clear that until we see what God sees, we are missing the point.
Vision is not something you just wake up in the morning and set for yourself. Vision always needs a spiritual input. Vision requires a celestial connection. Vision needs God. Vision emanates from God.
“The man doesn’t make the vision; the vision makes the man.” —Pastor Yonggi Cho
It is the lack of this understanding that makes too many people to miss target when it comes to vision. Vision does not originate from man, it originates from his creator. Vision requires submission, submission to the will of the greater one.
Unfortunately, so many people have tried to pursue vision without the God factor and it has led to frustrations, disappointments, disillusionment, sorrow and pain. When we try to put all our hope only in our own strength, it doesn’t end well. Sometimes it’s painful, we miss the road. We miss the target. We become unfulfilled. No matter what you do, a true sense of fulfillment is experienced only when you are truly hooked to God’s vision for your life. When we do our own thing, we get a corresponding result.
“The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart, this you will build your life by, and this you will become.”
What would vision give you?
Vision helps you to put your life together.
Vision gives you a picture of your great future
Vision enables you to plan better for tomorrow.
Vision galvanises likeminded people around you.
Vision gives you motivation.
Vision leads to right principles and ideals.
Vision brings meaning to your efforts.
Vision brings clarity to your life
Vision helps you to mobilise better for a given task.
Vision makes you to be over and above material gains.
Vision tells you about the future of your life, organisation or ministry.
Vision helps to identify where you are. Helps you to know if you are moving in the right direction or not.
Vision prevents distractions.
Vision defines values.
That is why we cannot afford to neglect vision. It helps us to live a meaningful life. A VISIONLESS LIFE IS A MEANINGLESS LIFE
Dear readers, I hope through this teaching today, that some of you might have been able to gain a new understanding about the importance of a life of vision. The Bible says in proverbs 29:18,
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
The bible clearly tells us that where there is no vision the people perish. That is the eventual outcome of every life that neglects vision. It affects people everywhere.
According to that scripture, any people without vision perish. It doesn’t matter if they are from Europe, Africa or America, they all perish. The implication of this scripture is that nations, cities and communities eventually die off without a divine vision. When I talk of death this is not dying physically, they die in their passion, they die in their inspiration, they die in their pursuit, and they die in their fulfillment. Their joy dies, happiness dies, peace dies, and righteousness dies, all because of lack of vision. But he that keeps instruction to live by vision, is a happy man.
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” —Japanese Proverb
What is the difference between the man that lives for vision and the person that lives without vision?
The person of vision lives life to the full, which cannot be said of someone without vision.
A person of vision identifies his direction in life and lives a purposeful life. While a person without vision is confused most of the time and can only complain about how bad life is.
A person of vision is surrounded by faithful workers, formidable teams, while without vision there is nothing to gather the people around.
A person of vision is a person of excellence, integrity and results which cannot be said of a person without vision.
It is easier for a person of vision to convince others to follow him than people without vision.
A person of vision is always enthusiastic and energetic.
A person of vision finds it easy to communicate the vision, whereas there is nothing to communicate for a person without vision.
It is easy for a man of vision to overcome challenges, trails and changes because he knows what has been shown to him.
A person of vision is easily productive and efficient.
A person of vision unites the people to create a culture and value system that aligns with the vision of the house.
Winston Churchill said “the empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” Until you see you cannot build. The largeness of your life depends on the largeness of your vision. The greatness of your future is in the greatness of your vision.
Vision must be accompanied though by corresponding actions to bring to fulfillment what has been seen in the mind.
“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision merely passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” —Joel Barker
The vision carrier is a leader. Leadership must be provided for vision. People without vision can hardly be good leaders because there is nowhere to lead people to without a vision.
“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion.” —Theodore Hesburgh
Every individual needs a vision, every society needs a vision, every community needs a vision, and every nation needs a vision. Without an individual vision, you would not be able to put your life in order. Without a societal vision there is chaos, crisis, conflict and disintegration in any society. A community turns against itself when vision is lacking. Nations don’t achieve purpose, they become failed nations when vision is lacking. No one can afford to do without a vision. The price without it is too costly.
My dear readers, I hope you would become an instrument to help bring the understanding of vision into your world. Thereby helping to make the world a better place.
•Sunday Adelaja is a Nigerian born leader, Transformation Strategist, Pastor and innovator who lives in Kieve Ukraine. He can be contacted at email@example.com
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