A Christian must be vision driven
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It’s barely two weeks to the end of the year and everyone has goals for the coming year. It may be written goals with detailed steps on how to accomplish it, others have plans in their head with little idea on how to achieve these goals, while some people just have goals, no plans to achieve the goals.
However, I want us to reflect on the purpose of planning and setting goals without a life vision. If you don’t have an idea of your destination, how would you know if you are doing the right things to get there?
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying we should have life all figured out. I know life is a journey and I am yet to figure it out myself. However, you have the power to determine your destination. When you have a destination at heart, it makes it easy to focus and reach your goals. When you can see a vision, it is easy to do the things that get you there.
Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish”
The vision of ones life is what keeps you going even on hard and tough days. As a Christian, I believe one key part of our vision is to make heaven and take as many people as we can with us. This vision can be expressed in a billion ways. I will use my vision for example. Two parts of my vision says, “Be actively involved in ministry work” and “Be a kingdom financier”. This is vague but it ties to sharing the gospel and helping fellow believers improve on their communion with God. And we all know salvation is free but ministry is expensive. Ministry work is part of my vision because at the end of this journey, when I kneel in front of Jesus I want to receive a lot of rewards/crowns for everything done for Christ on earth. I would rather live a life that gathers a lot more eternal benefits than earthly ones. I am not saying that earthly poverty is a prerequisite for heavenly rewards. If you know me you’d know that I would love to live a rich life on earth and even a greater life in heaven. Jesus has enabled us to live a satisfying life.
John 10:10: The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and to destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
To live a satisfying life on earth, two parts of my vision includes “Be a leading voice in my industry” and “be a wonderful wife to a great man and an excellent mother to godly children”. When I become a leading voice in my industry, material wealth comes with it. This wealth is what helps me be actively involved in ministry and to be a kingdom financier. Additionally, I understand that my first ministry will be my family. I want to raise godly children that will be passionate for God and I want to marry a great man. I am very particular about my choice in marriage because a life partner can either help you achieve purpose or frustrate the process. I am not interested in frustration; it is not God’s plan for my life.
If you notice the four things I shared about my vision, you will see that everything is interwoven. Being a leading voice brings about wealth, which helps ministry as well as finance kingdom work and my first ministry is family. No part of a vision should ever be isolated. They should all feed into each other.
Having a vision has really changed my life. When it comes to setting goals and making plans, I look at my vision to see if there is an alignment. One of my goals for 2018 was to enroll in a bible school, this aligned with my vision to be actively involved in ministry. If I don’t know the word of God, how can my life transform and how can I help others experience transformation as well? When waking up on Saturday to go to class got difficult, I look to my vision for inspiration. Thankfully, I graduated the top of my class. The experience and the transformation I experienced has further helped me for ministry work.
One thing I learnt this year from my father (Pastor Joseph Babatunde) was that in pursuing God, my vision would be achieved. My father drilled this verse in my ears till it became flesh:
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all theses things shall be added unto you.
This verse changed the manner in which I pursue my vision. Normally, I would have been struggling to figure out a way to be the top in my industry but in seeking and putting God first in all I do, rising became the order of the day. In seeking God, I started having expressions of ministry. What is the kingdom of God?
Romans 14:17: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
In not part did we find struggling and toiling being a part of the kingdom of God. When you finally set your vision, never feel like you are under pressure to achieve it. Just see God first and your vision will begin to come alive.
I hope this has inspired someone to start drafting his or her vision statement. Remember, a vision can be time bound and not set in stone. When I get married, the married part of my vision will metamorphose into something applicable to my life. Setting a vision is very important and there are so many resources online to help you figure it out.
I pray that we all achieve whatever we set out to do in 2019 and thereafter.
“To achieve anything, you must first have a mission, a goal, a hope, a vision” – Rick Warren.