What's Your Vision?

What's Your Vision?

Jesus offered a crash course in ministry to the seventy in Luke 10:1-24. In one compact leadership seminar He taught them the salient points that must be considered when answering the call to ministry by God’s standard. This is one of the greatest mysteries of the Kingdom of God that few people realize is so obvious in the Bible. In fact, Jesus first gave a similar ministry training seminar to His disciples in Luke 9:1-6. In this chapter from my book; "Mysterious Kingdom Of Heaven", we will witness the mysteries of ministry revealed by Jesus during His time as a man on the earth. Click here for Part 1 - Have You Been Chosen By God?

Know your assignment and how others fit into it; have a specific vision.

Luke 10:2 – Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers unto his harvest.

The goal of every minister in the Kingdom of God should be to spread the love of Jesus Christ in some form. The seventy in Luke 10 were selected to be extensions of the hands of Jesus Christ. In addition, Jesus wanted them to remain cognizant of the fact that they would need the help of others to fulfill God’s purpose on the earth. Ministry is a team effort and the entire Body of Christ can work together to see positive results.

Anyway, after you know that you are called to do something; your next step is to find out what that something really is. You may not know how you’ll get there but you need to be able to see where you are going even if it’s just on a “map.” This is very important if other people are following you because they are depending on you for direction.

Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

A ministry without a vision cannot succeed because there is no standard by which success can be evaluated. Good intentions and a clear call from God can definitely plant the seed for ministry in your heart but a vision gives direction to its growth. God sees the end from the beginning and can reveal to you the goal of your ministry. On average, that goal would seem impossible based on your current position but God’s ways are higher than your own and so are His thoughts.

You will see later on why it is so important to have a very specific vision. One of the main reasons is to avoid distractions. Anything that is not of God is obviously a distraction but several activities of service to God may also be distractions. If what you choose to do within the Kingdom of God at a particular time is not contained in His plan for your life, you are being distracted. If God wants you to be an usher but you’re preaching, your preaching is a distraction. If God told you to start a ministry for the poor but you started a Christian entertainment company, you’re distracted.

Habakkuk 2:1-3 – I WILL stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Some ministries will never seem glamorous on this earth but are very effective for the Kingdom of God. Therefore, you can’t be unsure about your position because you’ll start drifting in a direction that you prefer instead of the one that He prefers. Remember the words of Solomon in Proverbs 29:18; “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

Therefore, it is important to not just know your vision but to have it recorded in black and white as a clearly written document. Don’t assume that your photographic memory is enough. It may take several years before you see something happen that resembles the vision and time has a way of changing your perspective.

I remember a prophecy I received from a young lady at church when I was about 11 years of age. She wrote down what my future looked like and gave it to me. I smiled and kept the document. God showed her how He was going to use me as I grew older and what role I would play in the Kingdom of God. I still have it in my Bible and every time I read it, I can confirm the fulfillment of that vision. This brings up another issue. Your most important vision is the one that God has for you and not the one you have for yourself. Let God show you the vision, write it down and move forward with your life in ministry.

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