Last night in our Living on Purpose meeting we host every Thursday night, we talked about vision. And the title of our discussion was, Can You See? I don’t usually blog about our discussions, but I believe this one should be shared. But first I have to ask, have you received revelation for what God has placed you on this earth to do? I remember in my past (B.C.), I would wonder what I was here for. I knew there had to be something else to the life that I was living other than drinking, partying, going to work and coming home. There had to be more to it than me just sitting on my couch watching television. I would often wonder what my purpose was or if I even had a purpose? I got to a point where I believed we were here just to live our life as best we could, then we would die. In my mind there was no life after this one. We’d be buried and that would be it.
Proverbs 29:18 says that where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint. In another translation it says the people are “let loose”. Another way of saying “let loose” is to say that a person’s behavior is unrestrained. So when a person has no vision, their behavior is unrestrained. They are loose. In other words, there’s no discipline, no boundaries and nothing directing their paths. Many times when there is no revelation for what your purpose is you may only see what you’ve got planned for the week and that’s as far as your vision goes. And so you may be living week by week in terms of vision. Some people may only see as far as the day that they’re in. When a person has no vision, they are likely to go in whatever direction the wind blows. You may have many desires of things you may want to do, but you won’t move towards them. When you have a divine vision from God, you take root and begin to grow in and towards that vision. Your life will line up to it and shape your decision-making. Your behavior begins to tighten up as you become more mindful about what will help further that vision and what won’t.
An example of someone with no vision would be the prodigal son in Luke, chapter 15. He asked his father for his half of the estate and not long after receiving it, squandered it in wild living (v. 13). His behavior was unrestrained and loose because he had no vision. I don’t believe he could see much farther than asking his father for his part of the estate and taking off with it to "live life" as they say. One thing I’ve learned is that it’s foolish not to seek vision from God. Proverbs 12:15 (NIV) says that the way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. So who should you get your advice from regarding the blueprint for your life? God. He will advise, counsel and guide you, but you have to take the step of seeking by faith. Because if you don’t know where you’re headed, where exactly are you going? Jesus said to ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Mt 7:7). That’s a promise directly from the mouth of Christ! That means, when you seek vision you will find it. No questions asked.
So, what do you do after you seek God for vision and He gives it to you? First, you write it down; second, you make it plain; and third, you run with it (Hab 2:2). What does it mean to make it plain? That means to make it clear and distinct. To declare it. Therefore, write it down and speak it forth. To run with it means to run swiftly, carry it swiftly or guard it. I liken it to a football player who catches the ball, tucks it in his arm as to guard it and runs to make that touchdown. That’s what you have to do when God gives you the vision. Also, you must remember that the revelation or vision usually speaks of the end (Hab 2:3). God will give you the vision by showing you the of the end of that thing and that’s how you know it’s done. Vision will write the steps you must take between the time you receive that vision to the appointed time for that vision to manifest. You are responsible for guarding the vision as you navigate the process. Because though it linger, wait for it. It will certainly come and will not delay.
So again I ask, have you received revelation for what God has placed you on this earth to do? Have you received that vision? If not, what are you going to do about it?