RUNNING WITH THE VIEW OF THE VISION
The life of a genuinely converted Christian is meant to be a purposeful one-A life with a vision. The Lord Jesus Christ himself came to fulfil a definite vision.” Look ye unto the fields, for they are white already for harvest.” He saw men only in terms of their eternal destiny. He spiced His life with a compelling MUST-I must work the work of him that sent me while it is day;the night cometh when no man can work”(Jn.9:4). “I must preach in other towns also”. He had a definite PASSION and was determined to run with the VISION and fulfill the compelling MISSION attached to it to the very end:”My meat isTO DO the will of him that sent me and TO FINISH his work”.He left the church with the vision as the Great Commission. “Go ye…”.”I send you to reap…”.Occupy till I come”. Certainly, a Christian with a heavenly vision must devote himself with passion to the mission attached to this vision. “Whereupon, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision
THE CONVERSION THAT BIRTHS THE VISION
“I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun shining round about me…”. In the case of Paul the Apostle, he had nothing more than a trado-religious vision that was as earthly as it was deadly. But the Lord met him on the way to Damascus. There he saw the vision-brighter than the mid-day sun. It transformed him forever. Oh Lord, do it again,grant us a fresher and brighter encounter! True conversion, present conversion,genuine conversion from sin, the world and its amusements is a requisite for the heavenly vision to penetrate the soul. It will transform ambitions, reform the person, infuse the passion godly flame,purify your affection and redirect life’s focus towards the divine. It will break the chain of distraction,purge the intellect from the material and spice the senses with the ethereal. We would seek to save souls rather than please men, preach rather than chat, pray for the undying souls more than fleeting vanities of life and replace our indulgent games with untiring labour. Simon the sorcerer did not see the vision beyond the theatrical and the material(Acts 8:9,13,18-24 )-Your carnal, absolute lack of thirst for the salvation of souls, and for the genuinely profound spiritual reality poses the question whether you are not still in the bond of iniquity.Check it up before it is too l THE CONTENTS THAT FULFILS THE VISION
Acts 26:18; Col. 1:28. Phil. 3:17-21.
Running is not enough. We must ensure that we do not run without the needful message like David’s servant(2Kings 17:19-22). Many are running in our days,but the race is nothing more than a rat race towards the Vanity Fair of Tarshish when the clear command was”Arise,go to Nineveh and cry against it for their wickedness is come before me” (Jonah 1:2-3). Some are running, but it is towards the podium of church appointment and recognition, simply because they love to have pre-eminence-like Diotrephes (3John9-11)and quite unlike the One who came not to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many. Some have even come up with the new vision that we should abandon what Christ died for and go into politics-so that we would help build the image with feet partly of iron and partly of clay-democracy-trading in lies and deception with those Christ sent us to save – and helping to build kingdoms that the Son of man is coming purposely to destroy-How distracted we have become from the heavenly vision!
We can only run with the heavenly vision when we keep to its scriptural contents(Col. 1:28 ):
- Conversion of souls: Man is hopelessly depraved and sinful. He is hopelessly lost with all the civilization, good government, good job,good health, whatever he has-except he repents and believes the gospel. “Whom we preach, warning everyman…”.John 8:24
2.Disciplining:Saved souls must be taught the word and not taken around in tours giving testimonies that varies as it fades. Jesus says,” If you continue in my words, ye are my disciples, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free!”…and teaching every man, in all wisdom”
3.Commissioning: Saved and discipled believers must be commissioned to go and preach the gospel to sinners outside the fold. We should not engage them in endless internal labour we have devised ourselves for which there would be no reward in heaven.”….that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” 2Tim.2.2
THE COMMITMENT THAT SUSTAINS THE VISION
Acts 26:19-29, 1Cor.9.24-27.2Tim.2.:1-4
Our running must be perpetually in gerund-present continuous. False teachers are not relenting. The occult is recruiting converts day and night. The sowers of tares among the wheat sweat while men, anointed men, at least appointed even if not anointed, sleep. Satan’s hosts are planning new devices because he knoweth that his time is short. We need the urgent watchful care of a maternity nurse, the passion of firefighters,the patience of a nursery teacher, the accuracy of an accountant, the grim determination of a miner, the skilled hands of a surgeon, the doggedness of a soldier, and the discernment of a gem dealer to keep up the vision of saving souls, disciplining them and commissioning them into lifelong labour for the Master for heavenly rewards. We must do all that in the midst of heavy distractions abundant around us in these last days. Our commitment to keep running with the heavenly vision must be demonstrated by:
- Persistent prayer for more grace to keep the heavenly vision in view.
- Persistent evangelical programmes aimed at saving some souls in every scriptural way possible.
3.Persistent self-moderation in your involvement in the affairs of this world.
4.Persistent training of disciples to stand in the whole counsel of God
5.Persistent warning to believers to live holy lives in expectation of His coming.
6.Persistent watchfulness lest you miss the mark of meeting him personally when he comes
- Persistent looking to Jesus for grace to see the end of the vision by being part of the multitude whom no one can number from all nations and kindred who would stand before the land as revealed in Revelation 7:9-17
That is the ultimate goal of the vision. So run, that ye may obtain.