The closing of a year and the beginning of a new one are opportune times for self-examination. Since our culture is so fast-paced, it’s easy to simply keep doing what we’ve always done without stopping to consider whether we need a course correction. Friend do you realize that God has a unique vision and purpose for each of His children. God wants to bring glory to Himself through our lives.
Unfortunately, we plan out all the details in advance; we want to know all the answers before we begin the journey. The same is not true with God. When God reveals His vision for our lives, He does so step by step. In John’s Gospel, Jesus has an interesting exchange with his disciples before His betrayal. He declares, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (John 16:12). God reveals His vision to us when He knows we are ready and able to hear it. So how can we prepare ourselves to receive God’s vision when He reveals it to us?
First, to understand and embrace God’s vision, we must ask Him for it. The Bible tells us, “You ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your own lusts” (James 4:3). We must not ask with selfish motives, but rather God honoring motives.
Second, God gives His vision to those that are good stewards. God is looking for stewards who will manage His plans well, even in the face of opposition, frustration, impatience, and spiritual attack. (James 1:2-8). God trusts His vision to those He knows will preserve through criticism, seasons of waiting, and spiritual warfare.
Third, God gives His vision to those who are faithful in small things, and will give them greater vision (Matthew 25:12, 23). Friend, will you commit to God in this coming year to accept His vision for your life so that you may bring glory to Him? Join us at New Melle Baptist Church, and get to know God’s vision for you.