Habakkuk 2:2 says, “and the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may (be able to) read (it easily and quickly) as he hastens by.”
A little over a year ago I felt that God wanted me to write a book. I sat down in front of my computer and began typing away on this wonderfully, God inspired masterpiece. I even came up with a title for my book. "Please be patient...God's not finished with me yet." The more I wrote the less inspired I was to write. I let my wife read some of it and she gave me "the look." You know, the one where you're trying to tell a joke and nobody gets it? I wanted so badly to write "a book" that the book became mine and not God's. I had completely missed the mark. I knew, then, that if I was going to write this book I was going to have to let Him change me so that His message was going to get out.
When I got the vision to write the book, it was God who inspired it. I drifted from the vision and, well, I never really finished the task.
The same thing happens with churches. Some have a distinct vision that is as clear as day and some seem to have no clear vision as to how their ministry is to be effective.
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Craig Groeschel writes, What do people see when they come to your church? Some churches look like an entertainment business. People come, watch a show, put their money in a bucket, then leave.
Some churches look like a self-help facility. Find out how to fix your marriage, raise your kids, manage your money, and make good decisions.
Some churches look like a country club. Dress in your best clothes. Pay your dues. Check out who’s there and make sure everyone sees you.
Obviously these examples are extreme. But if a visitor came to your church and knew nothing about your vision and observed everything you do all week long, what would he conclude? Hopefully he’d say, “That church is all about someone named Jesus”.
And that is how it should be… all about Jesus!
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