You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in obedience to him… (Dt 26:17).
Whether we recognize it or not, every person or family carry with them a vision that takes them into the future God has planned for them. Some visions are shallow and require deep pruning, Thus, the journey God takes us on for a season might prove to be painful as He uproots pride, fear, and insecurity.
Then, there are other visions that are immensely purposeful. Those visions often include a life that is fully aware of their own personal tendencies that lead towards sin and rebellion. When we live fully aware of those, we can stand with Jesus in our victory and freedom as we surrender every part of ourselves to His Lordship. You cannot fight the devil running forward in the vision you have for your life, but you can fight him and win as you stand firm in the promises of God.
Sometimes my vision is shallow because I focus far too much on temporal things. How fit my body is, how much money I’m making, what makes me happy, etc. My vision is so small because my vision is focused on me. You see, sometimes, I think Jesus is supposed to be this person who accompanies me in my idea of what my life should look like. However, Jesus has a vision of His own. Accompanying Him on His vision requires surrender, obedience, and trust. I must have a long view in mind because a short view always puts the emphasis back on me.
Keep fighting for that new vision in your heart. A vision where your greatest joy is not in your own personal happiness, but in your willingness to be poured out like a drink offering for the sake of Christ. This, beloved, is your greatest joy, now go and drink deeply of His love so that you might accompany Him toward heaven, your true home. The place where your vision should take you as you live with an understanding that He is a good Father who longs to welcome you into His home for all eternity.
Father, I long for my gaze to be set fully upon you. Forgive me for focusing so much of my time and energy on things that just don’t matter. Grant me a grand vision. My heart and mind focus on you. Truly, you are a good and gracious King. Be my vision, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.