The Power of Vision (1)
A boy once asked Michelangelo why he was working so hard chipping away on the block of marble that would become his greatest masterpiece: David. The artist replied, ‘There’s an angel inside this rock and I’m setting him free.’
The power of vision enables you to see a potential masterpiece in what others overlook or consider worthless. It also helps you discover things within yourself you never knew were there. It brings out the best in you.
Many of the people God used in Scripture looked like losers before they looked like winners. After the disciples fished all night and caught nothing, Jesus told them, ‘…Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men’ (Luke 5:10 NKJV).
They did, and they ended up:
a) building a church that’s still thriving two thousand years later;
b) writing history’s greatest books;
c) having kids named after them.
Does that mean you can just dream a dream and God will fulfil it?
No. Paul says, ‘…You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God…’ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV). At Calvary you lost the right to take your talents, opportunities, and experiences and run off in any direction you please.
But why would you even want to?
What could possibly be more fulfilling than God’s purpose for your life?
And what could be more tragic than missing it?
You can’t wring enough meaning out of secular accomplishments to satisfy your soul. The hole you’re trying to fill has an eternal dimension only Christ can fill. That’s why you must pray, ‘Lord, show me Your vision for my life.’
‘…men shall dream dreams [and]…see visions.’ Joel 2:28 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
1 Corinthians 1:9-10, 12, 16; 3:1, 416, 17:4:1-2; 3:9, 10, 13
No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him. These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. We have received the spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God! We have the mind of Christ! But, I could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. Are you not being merely human beings? Do you not know that you are God’s temple & that God’s spirit dwells in you? God’s temple is holy, & you are that temple! We are servants of Christ & stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy! We are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field! God’s building. Let each of us take care how he builds upon it. For each one’s work will be revealed!