I was reminded yesterday that real vision takes a huge amount of focus. Maybe that is why these verses continue to stick with me and come out of me. What do you think?
Hebrews 12:2 (nlt) --- We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne.
Colossians 3:2 (nasb) --- Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
When my mind is pointed in a different direction or when something or someone is pulling in a different way, the vision may become unclear or even leave all together. That is one reason why I believe what Gary Lamb said some time ago ... something like this ... "preach vision and when you are done preaching it, preach it again and after that, preach it again." People loose, heck I loose sight of it without constant reminders, refreshers and more.
Our leadership team at The Community is reminded every time we meet of why we do what we do and of who we are. It is vital that we teach that and live that. In fact, the sermons for the next 2 weeks at The Community will be lifters, breathers and shouters of our vision.
"In my observation, ministries that have IT tend to be focused on a limited set of targets. They do a few things as if all eternity hinged on their results, and they do these things with godly excellence. They clearly see the vision and drive toward it with laser-guided precision. Those who have IT know what they are called to do and what they are not called to do. Their vision is characterized by specificity. Selectivity. Exclusivity." (Craig Groeschel , IT page 54)
I thrive off of the vision, and I can honestly tell you that I will die without the vision that God has burned on my heart. You need to be there as well. That is passion that can only come from God.
I received an e-mail yesterday from an E-Devotion reader who shares my heart and is hurting because their church has lost it's vision. I challenge you to challenge others to visit, re-visit and know why God has made you and why you do what you do. "Set you mind" on God's call on your life! That is the focus of vision.