Text: Proverbs 29:18, Exodus 3:1-4, Genesis 13:14-15, Genesis 1:1-11 (NKJV)
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision” (Helen Keller).
“The greatest gift ever given to mankind is not the gift of sight, but the gift of vision. Sight is a function of the eyes; vision is a function of the heart.” (Myles Munroe)
You were born to do something that the world will not be able to ignore. You are meant to do something that will make you unforgettable. You are a marvel and were born to do marvellous works, but these cannot be accomplished without a vision. The first step to fulfilling your reason for existence is realizing that you have been given a vision.
The difference between Purpose and Vision is that Purpose is the reason a thing exists, better still, it is the reason you are created. Vision, however, is the realization and pursuit of that purpose.
Let’s quickly look at a few definitions for vision
- It’s the view of the future inspired by God… (Jeremiah 29:11)
- It’s that idea that won’t leave you
- It’s the dream that won’t go away
- It’s the passion that won’t subside
- Vision is what you keep seeing even when you close your eyes
- Vision is the mental image of what the future will or could be like
Why is vision important?
- Vision puts you in command in life
- Your journey in life is vision determined
- Vision gives you movement-lack of vision is frustration
- Vision gives direction
- God can only relate with you on the basis of your vision.
Components of Vision
- Foresight – it’s like a telescope: it helps you to know what’s ahead
- Insight – it’s like a microscope; it gives details about something now
- Hindsight – it’s like a rear mirror; it helps you correct and avoid mistakes.
How to receive vision
- Spiritual revelation – Acts 26:12-19
- Deep concern for something – Nehemiah 1:1-4
- Through association and impartation – Deuteronomy 34:9
- Relationship with the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, Acts 13:1-2
- Prayers/Word – Jeremiah 33:3
What to do when you have a vision (see Habakkuk 2:2-3. Six things are highlighted in these two verses)
- Write it down – Write the vision (verse 2)
- Break it down – make it plain (verse 2)
- It must produce action – that he might run that reads it (verse 2)
- A vision has a time frame – the vision is yet for an appointed time (verse 3)
- A vision leads to reality – in the end, it will speak (verse 3)
- A vision requires perseverance – though it tarries (verse 3)