Lesson: Do you have a vision? (Vision Series – Part 1)
Habakkuk 2:2-3 The Message Bible Version (MSG)
2-3 And then God answered: “Write this.
Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters
so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness
pointing to what’s coming.
It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait!
And it doesn’t lie.
If it seems slow in coming, wait.
It’s on its way. It will come right on time.
Before a house is actually built, it starts as a vision. First the vision is conceptualized, then it is written down on blue prints. When the architect initially sets to drawing the plans, he is not thinking so much about what color the curtains are going to be or what kind furniture is going to fill the house. These are details that are addressed later on in the final days before the owner is ready to move in.
Instead, the architect draws up plans based on creative inspiration and the inputs of those who will be occupying the building or home. Every wall, window and door is drawn on plans based on what has been visualized and seen only in the mind of the planners.
Many hours are spent carefully planning and visualizing what the actual final structure will look like.
Throughout the entire building process there are some key elements that are at play which ensure success:
- The vision is put on paper. It is intentional and alive in the minds of all those who are part of the building process.
- The vision is actively talked about. Plans are routinely reviewed for any minor adjustments that may need to happen along the way.
- A successful vision is never engaged accidentally; it is always methodical and deliberate.
Every action that the builder does is for the purpose of fulfilling the vision of the blue prints.
There is constant measurement and re-measurement being done along the way to ensure that there is no deviation from the intended plans of the architect; everything is intentional and by design.
Remember that everyone involved in the building process; plumber, electrician, framer and mason, must be actively communicating with one another. This is to ensure that the vision stays clear and that nothing is getting out of its measured and ordained place.
It is to guarantee fulfillment of the vision, which was set in mind of the architect and written on the blue prints from the beginning.
Having a life vision is similar to the building process. It successful only when you have clear blue prints for what you want to build in life. There has to be order and intention in every step. It is more than just setting a few short-term goals. It’s even more than a few lofty New Year’s resolutions.
So What is a life vision?
Although goals are good and resolutions can be very beneficial, they differ from a vision:
- A life vision is one that is honoring to God and utilizes the talents He has entrusted to you.
- A life vision is a dream within your soul; it permeates your very consciousness and drives you toward your destiny.
- A life vision does not need to have all the details of the journey spelled out. It’s not meant to be an itemized itinerary or ‘to do’ list.
- A life vision, when actively pursued and fulfilled, will often be an inspiration and motivation to others…visions are contagious.
- A life vision will many times cause our character to stretch and cause us to lean on faith in order to succeed.
Activate the vision
Vision equals movement; movement equals destiny.
Once you have your vision, it is vital to start taking active steps in support of it. A life vision must be nurtured and cared for in order for it to stay alive.
If you’re living life accidentally, hoping that the pieces will fall into place, then you do not have a vision. A person with a vision has focus and drive.
They may not be able to spell out every detail of how they are going to get to their final product, but they can certainly tell you what the end goal is.
God never intended for us to just sit around and not take action; everything about His character is the complete opposite.
In fact, in Genesis when we read The Story of Creation, we see God not only taking action by speaking and creating; we see Him giving vision and direction to man:
Genesis 1:26-28 King James Version (KJV)
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
We see clearly how God did this:
- His vision explained: Verse 26 “And God said…”
- His vision executed: Verse 27 “So God created…”
- His vision entrusted: Verse 28 “And God blessed…”
God explained His vision, executed His vision, and then entrusted His vision to the human race. We see a pattern for vision and action demonstrated by God.
The hard truth is that if you’re not actively moving toward your vision you will never accomplish what you were put on this earth for. There has to be execution and movement; and it has to be decisive.
Not sure if you have a vision? That’s ok, many folks would be surprised to know that they actually have a vision for their life, but they’ve never taken the time to be serious about it.
Life happens and sometimes we get off track; that’s ok. Hopefully by the time you’re done reading this, your vision will become clear again and you will have renewed energy to start the initial steps on your journey.
Most importantly, ask the Lord to show you what the vision is.
Ask Him to reveal what He wants you to accomplish and to make sure that what you’re desiring is lining up with His will.
God says that He does not mind if we ask for wisdom, in fact according to His Word He said:
James 1:5 New International Version (NIV)
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”