MEMORY VERSE: For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. Isaiah 50:7
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalms 128-130
The importance of having a godly vision cannot be overemphasized. There are visions and there are visions. Any vision that does not line up with the scriptures is not a godly vision. For instance, the vision to create a super race that would rule the world for a thousand years is not a godly vision. Why is having a vision so important? Firstly, everything starts with a vision. The planet we live in started with a vision. God had a vision of this world in His mind and He spoke it out. He spoke the vision in His mind into existence. The house you live in is a product of someone’s vision. Someone conceived the design in his mind and passed it on to an architect who put it on paper. Secondly, without vision you will seize to exist. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” The first thing a man needs to succeed in life, after giving his life to Christ, is a vision. Not just an ordinary vision but a clear one – a vision that can be described to the smallest details. And this vision must come from God and must be in line with the scriptures. Without vision, success in any endeavour is impossible. Without a God-given vision, one will spend his time doing secondary things while the primary things are left undone. Someone said her vision is to marry a rich tall handsome black guy. Is there any bible verse to support such a vision? Someone said his vision is to marry the daughter of a rich politician. Is that a biblical vision?
Another important ingredient for success is “focus”. One of the reasons why many of us are not where we ought to be, despite the fact that we have a vision, is because we lack focus. Today, you want to be a chartered accountant so you study and prepare for ACCA exams. Tomorrow, you change your mind and go into Networking. You start preparing for CCNA & CCNP. You even buy books and all that. The day after tomorrow, you change your mind again and go into project management. You book for Prince 2 training and all that. What do you really want? Or you decide to go into business. Today, you sell clothes. Tomorrow, you branch out and go into spare parts business. After a while, you change your mind and start selling phone accessories. A focused person does not change career every other day or does not jump from one business into another. A focused person does not do things because everyone is doing them. He does things because he was led by the Spirit of the Lord to do them. A focused person does not attempt too many projects at the same time. If you want a degree, face your studies and forget about relationship. One of the reasons why many of our youths graduate with very low grades is because of lack of focus. They want to party and study at the same time which is impossible. You have to choose one – it is either you party hard or study hard. Recently, a man of God, whist preaching shared with us how he had turned down so many speaking engagements abroad because of his vision to build his young church and secure a church building. That is focus. A man of focus is consistent. His messages are consistent. If he is into marriage counselling and discipleship he will stick to it. A man who is not focused is into marriage counselling and discipleship today; tomorrow he is into deliverance and healing; day after tomorrow he is into leadership training and youth development. A man of focus does one thing at a time. Isaiah 50:7 says, “For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.” A man who is focused will never be put to shame. Whilst a man who is not focused tries his hands at so many things, at the same time, thereby wasting his resources, a man of focus tries one thing at a time.
Note: Asides from focusing on one thing at a time, focus on the right things. Your focus determines your reality. What you focus on, you move towards.
Bro Samuel | Reaching the world