Faith needs vision to become activated. The Lord has a vision to match the faith He has put in you! As the Lord imparts His vision into your heart, you then act or proceed in the faith produced by that vision to see it come to pass. In honoring the Lord, that is, allowing His heart and desires to become your own, His vision will be discerned.
Many people have a vision but it is often the vision of their own heart. This occurs because they still have wants and perceived needs that make them vulnerable to ideas that may appear to meet those wants and perceived needs. According to the scripture, however, my life is not my own (1 Cor. 6:19-20). I am called to surrender my ideas, wants and perceived needs in order that Christ’s may increase in me. My true life, according to Col 3:4, is hidden in Him and when He appears I (and all of His children) will appear with Him in glory.
Understanding that this verse likely refers to His literal appearing or return, the principle is still applicable in this life. As I yield to Him in my life, allowing Him to “appear” or become more apparent in me, His glory, vision and selfless purpose will emerge.
Preoccupation with my own life will hinder Jesus’ “appearing” in me. The Lord cannot appear as long as I am operating as the lord of my own life. My wants, needs, goals and aspirations may not be morally wrong, they may simply be my own or I have taken God’s vision and placed it under my human-level management capability to fulfill. Even a God-vision or gifting not yielded to Him is ineffective as far as eternal impact is concerned. It is the presence of the Lord that makes the difference. So here is an important question: is your vision about finding fulfillment in your life or about advancing God’s purposes in the earth?
My wants, needs, goals and aspirations may not be morally wrong, they may simply be my own …
Your life cannot be your own if you expect to see God’s plan fully unfold during your brief time here. Allow Him to appear in you. Give Him place and turn from your own methods. Stop trying to “fulfill ” a vision and let Jesus “appear” mightily in you. This is a step beyond becoming His child, going to church and trying to be a good person. This is when you agree with the words of John the Baptist: ”I must decrease, but he must increase” (John 3:30, NAS).
Prayer: Father, I recognize that my life is not my own. Thank you for enabling me to get my self interests, fears and needs out of the way of your appearing mightily in me, in Jesus name.
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