God gives a vision to every person, born again or not. The reason God gives visions is to steer us in the direction of His perfect plan for our lives. Unto the unbelievers, God gives vision to steer them unto salvation. This doesn’t mean that as Christians we don’t have to evangelize our sphere of contacts. No, God, together with His vision, also sends Christians to remind folks of this vision, to minister to the lost so they might have understanding and turn unto truth.
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Jeremiah 29:11 God says: ‘I know the plans I think towards you, plans of good and not of evil; so that you may have an expected end.’ What does this mean? God’s vision not only gives us direction, but it also reveals the end – and we can know the end from the beginning by studying the vision, working towards the vision, giving our time and resources into the vision, and ultimately becoming the vision.
Unless you become the vision, the vision might never work for you. You work hard in life so that you can give into your physical life [paying the rent / mortgage, paying bills, feeding yourself and your family, dressing yourself, etc…]; so to you are to work in the vision, so that you can give into your spiritual life. God gives visions to individuals and the ministries. Your giving is not making me rich; my giving is beneficial to me – because I have given a lot of time and money into the vision of my life, which is also the vision of the ministry. So too, your giving is done into the vision; not into pastor’s pocket. Your giving is done towards the fulfillment of the vision God has given us. I believe in the vision, therefore I give into the vision. When you give into a vision; be it the vision God has given you as an individual [your personal life] or the vision God has brought you into [under the umbrella of a church/ministry]; when you give into a vision, you will receive in return… you reap what you sow [Gal.6:7]… multiplied: pressed down, shaken together, running over [Luke 6:38]… with the measure you give, it shall be given back unto you! Remember this; God is no debtor of men, you give with your small hand and in return God gives with His big hand.
Maybe you have been giving into a vision and have seen little benefit or return. The problem is not the vision; neither is it the pastor or church, no matter how much you want to point the finger to them [they are accountable to God for what they do, you not their judge]; the problem was with you. You must look for an active vision; a vision where the Pastor and church press on the vision. These are Kingdom workers promoting the vision. They also believe in the vision and therefore they give into the vision – and more likely they are giving more into the vision than anyone else does. They are running with the vision, to fulfill the vision. This is the kind of vision you need to seek out. You can’t run alone, you will burn yourself out; neither can you run in one direction while others are running in a different direction, you will fail. You got to join in an active vision; a vision which works towards the goal set by God.
I think it is only appropriate to share our vision with you at this time, so that you might have understanding of what I have been speaking to you about:
“At Gospel addicts Global Church we develop Ministers for Christian Leading and Leadership, such as pastors, teachers, Evangelist, Prophets, and Apostles. We offer life Coaching in developing Spiritual Gifts; and we offer Mentoring for Accredited Higher Formal Ministry Training. Being not only an active ministry, but also a proactive ministry; our focus is Jesus, our message the Gospel, our task is the great Commission”
As the founder and president of this ministry, I have given a lot of time and money into this vision; and not to sound boastful, but my household has given a hundred fold more than anyone else. I believe in the vision; and I also believe that if I want anyone else to believe in the vision too, I must lead by example. I have not only spent a lot of time in studying the Bible, but also a lot of time in Accredited Formal Ministry Training. My time and money is given into the vision above to fulfill the vision; not to get rich on it.
I think this is where many Christians today have become reluctant in giving into a church; because many today are abusing the funds of the church. I hear so many folks crying out for money for the church, but they drive nice cars, live in big houses, and dress smart – they haven’t gone without food because they have given there last towards the vision. On the other hand I hear many Christians lately say things like: ‘God will supply…’, to those who genuinely are trying to get folks to join the vision God has given them, but they get a cold shoulder. In both these cases: What benefit is it that you gain the whole world but lose your life [Mark 8:36].
I will say this again: The reason God gives visions is to steer us in the direction of His perfect plan for our lives. Yes, but more than that, God divinely make people’s paths cross so that we not alone. So that we might join and work together in fulfilling the vision – to make the burden less on each of us; but instead we look one to another, we blame x, y, and z; but we do not take ownership neither do we work as a team; as members of the same body.
Let us change that today; make you mind up to search for an active vision and join those who are running with the vision so that we all might finish the race in triumph – Hallelujah!