20 20 with visions
20 20 vision is the phrase used to describe perfect or normal vision. When I visit the optician, she gives me an eye test and then glasses to bring my sight up to standard.
For the Christian, vision is very important. In Proverbs 29:18 we find the statement, ‘where there is no vision the people cast off restraint.’ For us, we can highlight vision at three levels:
First and foremost, the most important vision is this: Jesus will return one day to earth. This is clearly borne out in scripture, for example when the disciples saw Jesus rise into heaven they were told, ‘This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.’ (Acts 1:11) Come Lord Jesus, come!
Then there is that part or parts of the Body to which we are called, be it a local church or fellowship or an organisation like ICCC. Here it is very important to receive the vision from the Lord. A vision statement developed and written by us may look good but, unless it comes from above, it will bear little fruit. In ICCC we have a very clear prophetic vision – a people in the marketplace who are living in a new dimension where what they do in life, and work, is the outward manifestation of an inward walk of faith. This is a vision from the Lord that has the potential to be very fruitful.
Finally, we have our own personal vision for our life and work, which we would describe as our calling. That which the Lord has prepared beforehand (Ephesians 2:10), that is our calling. It is the place where we can expect to experience the outward manifestation of the inward walk of faith, as we hear the Lord with specific guidance and instruction. Let’s expect more!
Confidence is an important element in the working out of our calling and vision. My own experience fulfilled the scripture, ‘Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.’(1 Corinthians 7:20) For me, over 50 years in accountancy has provided very well for my family, with plenty over for generosity; we saw a number of clients come to a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ as their saviour; we saw some healed; we saw words of knowledge bring professional understanding not learnt, and we saw miraculous provision. I never doubted that I was called to be an accountant. James warns that doubting will lead to fruitlessness. (James 1:6-7)
Getting our spiritual vision clear is much more important than good natural vision (eyesight).
So my friends, be confident reminding yourselves that the Lord will return, possibly quite soon. I pray He will find us doing His works and thus be able to address us as good and faithful servants, doing business until He comes. (Luke 19:13)