20 July 2014

Visionaries like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and the likes are all celebrated persons and an inspiration to many. They saw an alternative way to a system that needed improving. They met a need or provided a solution in creative ways, and they also had the tenacity to see their vision materialize.

Spiritual vision can also make an immense difference to a believer. If we only focus on keeping our spiritual discipline in check by observing the laws, we may be missing the plot.

Matthew 19:16-30 speaks about a rich young man who came to Jesus to ask how he might inherit eternal life. Jesus told him that he had to obey the commandments, to which the rich young man quickly confirmed his constant obedience. Yet the young man knew there may be something else missing – and prompted Jesus further as to what that was. Jesus told him that if he wanted to be perfect, he should sell all his possessions and give to the poor – then go and follow Jesus. At this point, the young man became sad and walked away from Jesus. The young man had great wealth he was not willing to forsake.

Why could this story be linked to vision? Because the young man was concerned only with obeying the commandments in order to save himself and could not see the bigger picture to which the commandments were pointing toward. Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and there Jesus was, standing before the young man.

But vision is also about seeing beyond our everyday troubles. Vision is agreeing with God to see further. Sometimes, God will want a believer to see wider spiritual truths to mature the believer so that the believer can participate in God’s vision at a higher level. Without higher spiritual vision, we may be even missing God’s calling in our lives, and like the young man, rejecting God’s calling into something far better.

Lord Jesus, widen my spiritual eyes and capacity to take in all that you are preparing me for and toward. As i grow in my faith, i pray you lift my vision and help me see your bigger picture and how you want me to participate in your divine calling. Let me not miss the bigger picture.


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