“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
(Proverbs 19:18 KJV)
Have you noticed that in this generation, the amount of confusion and chaos that is trying to dominate societies? The clear lines of basic humanity are being forcibly etched away, right under our noses. That is why it is so important for the church in Europe to have strong leadership that has vision. The confusion and chaos that dominates our westernized societies, wants to dominate inside the church as well. People who do not walk in the Spirit of God, or are trained in the Word of God may fall prey to it. Where there is strong vision from God, the lives of the people are blessed. The lives of the people are joyful, and there is no room for that chaos to come in. Lets look carefully into this, and see if we can strive to have a clear vision.
As a leader, parent, Christian, or individual have you ever thought about your vision? This is so important, because how can one progress in life without vision? What is vision? Vision is a clear understanding of what you are supposed to do, the direction in which you are supposed to go, and the destination of that vision. Vision should contain goals, both long and short term, and always drive people to move forward. If you are a leader or a pastor, you should have a vision for various things in your life. For your community, country, family, your personal life, and of course your congregation. A good example of a man with vision is Moses. He had a clear vision of what God wanted to do, and was able to communicate this vision to the people of God. There were people that did not agree with this vision, but that is another story. He had heard clearly from God, obeyed God, and his life was consumed by the vision. His vision was to lead people out of slavery, to reform them, and lead them into God’s promises.
As mentioned, the state of the world we live in demands (more than ever before) God’s leaders and people to have vision. Having a clear vision of what God wants us to do creates stability in our lives. The people of God need to have a clear (prophetic) vision of what God wants them to do. If they do not have a vision of any kind, one will be created for them, and it will not be the one God likes. God already has a vision and a plan for the church in Europe, and for congregations all over the continent. It is just a matter of tapping into the heart of God, to clearly understand what that vision is. That is why it is so powerful when leaders have clearly heard from God, and they can release vision into the lives of people. Once people hear what God’s vision is for their church, it enables them to move forward in unity towards a destination.
Why is it so important to have vision? When people do not have God’s revelation from the leadership, as to what direction they are supposed to go, their lives begin to ‘perish.’ I am not talking about calling the pastor everyday, and asking for daily ‘vision.’. I am talking about simply capturing the vision of the church that is already there, and going with it. If people do not have a vision they can lose their focus, they can get pulled away to other things, they can give up, lose hope, and become deeply frustrated in their walk with God. Individually if we do not have a plan or vision for our lives, we too can begin to experience these things.
So if a person is a leader, it is so important that they have a clear vision of what God wants to do. That way when directing those under them, stability and purpose is created. People are willing to rise up, change, move mountains, go the distance, if their leaders have vision. It should flow like this: God’s vision is the vision of the leadership, is the vision of the people, and the vision of the individual. Having a strong vision in a confused and chaotic society, keeps people from pulled away from their destiny in God. It helps keep their feet on solid rock, their minds stable, their hearts protected, and gives them purpose for life. Then these people of vision and purpose are able to effectively reach out, and rescue the lives of people who are trapped in darkness.
What is the importance of having a vision? Vision allows you to see where you are going, it gives people purpose, and it sets a destination to accomplish something. This is something people need, because God has put callings on people’s lives. Even as little children, people know that they are destined to do something with their lives. So being a person of vision is really important not only for ourselves, but for those around us. To be able to recognize what God has called others to be and do, and to be apart of helping cheer them on in their destiny in God. God needs the church of Europe to be strong with His vision, to stand its ground in a confused and chaotic atmosphere, and truly shine as the city on a hill. Go no further until you capture the vision for your life for this year! It is time to arise and not perish, because God has a great vision for Europe!