The Grand Vision
Sunday, August 30, 2009

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“I will show him how much he must suffer for My name.”  (Acts 9:16)

 Have you seen the vision?  It is a vision of boldness and clarity unlike anything you have ever seen before.  It is the one you have heard others talk about, but maybe you have never quite been able to focus on anything so majestic.  After all, life just happens day by day.  There is no time for visioning.  You get up in the morning, dress for work, work, come home, do your chores, share a little family time, go to bed, only to repeat the cycle for tomorrow.  Visions are for writers, preachers, and those so wealthy they don’t have to work.  “But for me,” you think, “if I can just think far enough ahead to take a vacation, that will be vision enough.”

However, you will know it if you see the vision.  Your life will never be the same again.  It transforms your thoughts, your habits; it even transforms the way you look at the world around you. That’s the problem with visions.  They take us out of our comfort zones and place us, not where we see ourselves, but where God sees us.  And comfort zones being what they are, then most probably the vision is not something we seek after.  So many people, afraid of what God might show them, decide to stay where they are – in the endless rut of waking up, getting ready for work, work, coming home, doing the chores, sharing a little family time, going to bed, and rising to repeat the cycle again.  And as long as we are content in that rut, chances are we will not find the very purpose for which we are created. 

The good news is that God will make us hate our rut so badly, that we will begin to look for a better way.   And if we are looking in the right place – asking, seeking, knocking – then God will show us the vision. The vision, if it is from God, looks decisively like the kingdom of God.  It is a vision of a God centered world, with God centered people, making a difference for love, righteousness, joy, and a host of other things that dwell in that kingdom.  It is a vision that never includes things which bring heartache to world.  And even if the vision entails personal sacrifice (even death), it will be so pleasing in your sight that you will never want to live outside of that vision.Sometimes the vision is dramatic. 

Saul of Tarsus can testify to that.  He was off on a journey doing non-kingdom stuff.  Then whack!  Jesus showed him the vision in the most dramatic way.  And the vision was so overpowering, so real, that Jesus felt free to send a disciple named Ananias to show Saul all the things he must suffer for the kingdom.  And to Saul, the vision was so compelling that he spent years in preparation for his historic missionary journeys and then when on those journeys found himself in constant danger – in danger in the cities, in danger in the country, in danger from bandits, in danger from his brothers, and in danger on the sea.  He was beaten, stoned and left for dead, and put in prison more times than most theologians dare to number.  Yet, it was all joy to him – because he had seen the vision.

But let’s face it.  Not many people have had a “Damascus Road” experience.  Seldom does Jesus knock us to the ground and open heaven to us in such vivid clarity that we can remain as steadfast as Saul in carrying out that vision.  For most of us, Jesus just puts a little dissatisfaction in our lives.  He makes the rut seem awfully rutty.  He makes the routine seem awfully dull.  He may even make our lifestyles seem a little bit dirty.  For whatever way He nudges us to look away from the rut toward the vision, it is at that time we reach what Oswald Chambers calls the “Great Divide.” 

From atop the Great Divide we can either begin to ask, seek, and knock, or we can fall back into our rut of the endless cycle.  Tragically, in that rut we will never find the beautiful and great purposes for which God designed us in the drawing boards of heaven, and carefully stitched us together in our mother’s wombs.  Our gene pool, for which God has taken painful care over thousands of years to develop, without the vision, becomes just another rutted human life.There you have it – the grand vision or the perpetual rut.  Which do we choose?  If we choose the rut, we can sit back and relax and let the winds of times sweep us into a vague memory on the eternal landscape.  If we choose the vision, however, we must be prepared for a lifetime on earth of asking, seeking, and knocking.  And the end result will be the same as Paul’s.  We will reach a point in our lives when we will join him in saying, “to live is Christ, and to die is to gain.”  We will walk boldly into life on earth, and joyfully into eternal life with Christ.  That is the grand vision.


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