"The Vision Thing"
In the Presidential election that resulted in Bill Clinton's victory, the press took great delight in criticizing President Bush's remarks about what the President called, "The vision thing." The Vision Thing is at the core of what happens and doesn't happen in our lives, both personally and corporately.
The Bible boldly states that, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Sounds pretty serious, this vision thing.
Now, I want to state from the outset that a vision cannot be fabricated or invented to suit a predetermined agenda. There is another word for that. That is manipulation. Perhaps I can best illustrate the difference by contrasting two "visions."
Dr. Martin Luther King preached a message entitled, "I have a dream." In another message he said, "I've been to the mountain top, and I have seen the promised land." In each instance there was the ring of truth to what he said, because he really had seen a vision for what the world should be like.
Contrast this with the speeches full of hollow sounding rhetoric that have become standard fare in election years. Gifted speechwriters do focus group studies to find the right buzzwords. The words, powerful though they are, can never ignite a fire in the soul. A vision must be connected to the truth for it to be truly powerful.
The church around the world is in need of a vision right from the Father's heart. His Word makes it clear. It is our eyes that need the work and our hearts that need the adjustment.
Waiting to see,
Copyright 2004 by Jim Jenkins. All rights reserved.