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Vision--Basic ABC's

by Robert J. Young
©, 2006, Robert J. Young

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Joshua and Caleb saw what none of the other spies could see. God shared his vision with Moses. Paul had a vision of what God desired and shared it with Timothy, Titus, Aquila, Priscilla, Chloe, Silas, and many others. Vision is the ability to see beyond the present, to rise above the obstacles, and to press on to God's planned destination. What is your vision? How does it fit into God's plan? What is your vision for this church?

Consider five ABCs of vision.

  • Attitude. The first necessity is to check our attitude. I refer to our openness, the attitude with which we begin. People who are closed-minded cannot develop a vision. People and churches with vision are positive and optimistic.
  • Beliefs. The second step is a well-developed belief system. Vision is a function of what we believe so strongly that we must act. Those who possess spiritual vision are confident and assured (Heb. 11:1).
  • Clarity. Vision brings perspective and allows for greater certainty and greater unity in our actions.
  • Direction. Direction is another way of describing the dream. Knowing where you are gong empowers you to battle for a cause.
  • Empowered. The energy to act is not drawn from our own resources, but from God. Knowing God is behind you brings both enthusiasm and strength.

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    Last updated November 7, 2006