Vision without action is a daydream; Action without vision is a nightmare.
Living life without a vision is sort of like eating tasteless food; bland, boring. It is kind of like a ship that floats around on the sea without any real destination or purpose.
As a Christian, the reality of a world lost in sin, and headed for hell should spur us to a vision. A vision of love, mercy, redemption and salvation. It can come in many forms; homeless shelters, foreign missions, inner city ministry, babysitting, reaching out to your community, and on and on the list could go. But the desire is the same – to reach a lost and hurting world with the Good News.
A vision provides unity in the church. With one common goal, brothers and sisters in Christ can work together, instead of against each other.
A vision energizes and motivates people. The thought of furthering your vision, pursuing your goal and reaching more people is exciting! Keep people updated on your progress, so they are more involved, host fundraisers, and involve as many people as you can.
A vision encourages thinking of others. It is not always easy. People get worn out, funds run low, opinions clash… selfishness has no place in mission work.
A vision forces you to develop and strengthen your walk with God. He is the source of life and strength. Also, being in tune with the Spirit is vital as He leads you in ministry.
5 Steps to Cultivating a Godly Vision
1. Seek God’s Heart
The only way I know how to do this is through reading His Word, and through prayer. When we start neglecting this, our priorities become skewed, vision cloudy, and our hearts are not in tune with the Spirit.
2. Seek Counsel
Rarely can a person fulfill a vision completely alone. We are meant to help each other, and carry each other’s burdens. Working together is often give and take. Be open to new ideas, and consider the counsel of others.
3. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
It is no secret that God works in mysterious ways… If we are not willing to walk by faith, take risks, or do the ‘impossible’, can God work? I am not promoting foolishness at all, but if you feel God telling you to step out, and you are supported, do it. If we bind Him to human reasoning and resources, He cannot use His limitless wisdom and power.
4. See The Need
Usually this is the first step in developing a vision; seeing the need. It might be in your community, or abroad. It might be a spiritual or physical need. Whatever it is, define it; hone it so it is understandable and well established.
5. See The Potential
It would be depressing if we only focused on the need… And while that is very necessary, it is just as important to see the potential in the area of service. What do you feel like God is calling you to accomplish?
“Where there is no vision, the people perish. ” Proverbs 29:18