Living On Purpose
Proverbs 29:18 – “Without a vision my people perish…”
When Paul wrote his beloved friends in Philippi he urged them to be ‘intent on one purpose’ (Phil 2). He knew that a people united in purpose and heart would be a people through whom the Gospel would flourish in the world. These ancient Christians were clearly a people of vision, giving their lives, energy, time, and goods to see the Good News about Jesus spread in their cities and towns and world. They were a people captured by a supreme vision that caused their hearts to rejoice in sacrifice rather than shrink back in fear or cynicism.
‘Vision’ may well be an overused word in our world but its an important word, a deeply Biblical idea that describes the WHY of the WHAT we give our lives for. Our ‘vision’ may be limited in scope (get through another day), professional (get that promotion), or societal (pass that legislation). For the Christian, our vision is both larger and more intense: we have a supreme passion and a focused purpose. Our passion is Jesus himself. ‘ONE THING I have desired’, sang King David. What was it? “To dwell in God’s temple and behold his beauty’ (see Psalm 27). Our supreme vision is the Kingdom of God. “Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and his righteousness’, said Jesus. He went on to say that when this FIRST priority is our top priority then all the other distracting substitute priorities will fall into place as they should.
Rise and Build is a season for vision adjustment, for reshaping priorities around the Kingdom of God and the Mission of Jesus. It’s an opportunity to start to live beyond ourselves, our own needs, and our own chronologies. It’s a chance to live again as faithful disciples laying down our lives for the sake of others. Let’s embrace this with Gospel hope and joy.
Regardless of how large, your vision is too small. – Thomas Chalmers
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