Monday, February 4, 2008

vision to keep on chasing the lion

Chase the Lion continues to be a huge blessing to The Community Fellowship church family.  This past weekend we revisited why we do what we do and the vision that God has given us.  I am passionate about God, His call on my life and the church He has given me to lead.
Yet I understand what God meant when He said that without vision people will die (spiritually) and live unguided lives...
Proverbs 29:18 (nlt) --- When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.  But whoever obeys the law is joyful.
You can look at our church website and learn more about our vision and core values.  In what I shared with our people, these verses came to life for me:
Proverbs 1:20-23;33 (nlt) --- Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square.  She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate: "How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded?  How long will you mockers relish your mocking?  How long will you fools hate knowledge?  Come and listen to my counsel.  I'll share my heart with you and make you wise...But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm."
Three thoughts:
1 --- God is speaking, even shouting to us what He wants and His direction for His people.  But are we listening?  Vision requires that we hear from God.
2 --- God is passionate about people, and we have to be passionate for God and for the people He cares about.  That is why we have to be ready and set to give what God have given us away.
3 --- We have to be dedicated to our calling from God.  Whatever it takes.  God did not call you or me to just sit on a pew at some church and "sit, soak and sour" for Him.  He called us to action.  Unapologetically I shared with our precious folks that if they are at The Community to be spectators and not to get involved, that they might need to find another place to be.  God calls us to action.  Think about it.
Our vision keeps us chasing the lion.  God-given vision keeps our focus clear and our action all about Him.  I challenge you and me to revisit what God has said and to chase the chase the vision that God has given us.  It is the gift to make a difference in the world we live in. 
I don't know about you, but I am excited about the vision to keep on chasing the lion!

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