18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Most of us who have 2 eyes and can see 20/20 or 20/20 with the help of glasses or contacts know the joy of being able to see. We take the gift of
sight for granted many times. It is a gift to be able to see.
Spiritually speaking many people have been gifted to have sight to see what God can and will do in their lives, but they choose blindness instead. I think if you talk to most people who are physically blind, they would love to have their gift of sight, but cannot. However, can you imagine having the gift of sight and purposely blinding yourself so you cannot see? Yet so many do that spiritually speaking.
God gives us a vision or a revelation for what He has in store for our lives, not only salvation, but also His desire to use us to give, serve, and grow. He wants us to have vision for His church, His body, so that we may participate in the church growing and being used by God to share the message of Jesus.
Yet, many churches refuse to have no vision and like the proverb, they eventually dwindle, die, and yes perish. Many individuals have little or no faith or they allow their faith to perish as well because they aren't willing to have vision to see what God wants to give them or do through them.
My point today is that we need to have Vision. God's Vision. We need to see things through His eyes. What are His eyes? His Word and His Holy Spirit. When we began to see the world through His eyes we cannot help but be changed and have vision.
God has a great vision for the church and the church body(you and me). He desires to reach the world with his mission or reaching the lost and making disciples. God wants to use us, His creation, His church body parts, to do His will and we cannot fully serve God if we do not have any vision, or if the church and it's leadership has no vision.
We have to be able to look past our noses and past today to see the bigger picture of what God has in store for us and His church. Oh how we waste so much time, energy , and talent by not having the vision that God has. We don't tap into all the blessings and growth God is willing to give us if we will only open our spiritual eyes. Just think of how different so many local churches would look if they had God's vision? Instead the stay the same, stick to tradition, become old-fashioned, legalistic, and only inward focused and they are dying both numerically and spiritually because they have no vision, they do not have God's vision.
I want to encourage you today to open your spiritual eyes! See all the things God has in store for you. He's got big plans to use you, your talents, your time, your gifts, and your abilities to serve Him through serving others and serving in His church. But, you got to be able to see. I also want to encourage you to open your eyes if you are a minister or leader in your local church, do not let your church die or hold the church back because you lack vision. As the saying goes, "Lead, follow, or get out of the way." We need preachers and leaders who have a vision for God.