Wednesday, January 20, 2010

be preservatives (an act of having vision)

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) --- Where there is no vision, the people perish...

One of the things I love about what I do is being able to share what God puts on my heart.  As I hear from God and lead others to pursue God, I get to see and be part of a vision that is bigger than myself and bigger than any of the people around me.  God wants to give His people vision for big things, for big impact in our community and the world.  Yet a problem with that is there are few people who are seeking God for His vision.

When see the huge needs around us, we have to admit that we can not meet all the needs by ourselves.  We don't have all the answers.  But we do know who has the answers and who can meet those needs. That is God.  He is able to do more than we can dream up on our own.  We have to be connected to God,

We need His vision.  When we get His vision, people will be changed.  We will be changed.  And God has called us to be agents of change.

"Vision acts as a preservative." --- Mark Batterson in Primal page 148

If we get vision from God, that vision will preserve our lives.  It preserve the church we are part of.  It will preserve the people around us who are headed to hell without Jesus.  And we want those people to go to heaven.  Right?

Mark 9:39-42 (The Message) --- Jesus wasn't pleased. "Don't stop him. No one can use my name to do something good and powerful, and in the next breath cut me down. If he's not an enemy, he's an ally. Why, anyone by just giving you a cup of water in my name is on our side. Count on it that God will notice. "On the other hand, if you give one of these simple, childlike believers a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you'll soon wish you hadn't. You'd be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck.

The disciples stopped a dude from casting out demons in Jesus' name.  I love this ... Jesus said this man is an "ally".  People, we need allies.  We need partners.  We need each other.  

Our vision at The Community is to demonstrate the love of God to our community through meeting people's needs around us with no strings attached.  And while we meet their needs, we tell them about Jesus. It is that simple.  Vision is not a tough thing.  When you get it, share it.  It will change people's lives beginning with you and with me.  As we have shared our vision and lived out our vision, others have joined us.  Other churches, organizations and friends have come along side to share Jesus.  Why is it that we are put off by or even put walls up when people aren't like us?  We need each other.

Mark 9:50 (The Message) --- Be preservatives yourselves. Preserve the peace.

When we share the vision God has given us and live in the vision God has given us, we will be preservatives to the people we meet.

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