Tuesday, January 17, 2017

God Given Vision

contributed by David Frasure
Former Director, State Convention of Baptists in Ohio
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think—according to the power that works in you— to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
(Holman Christian Standard Bible)
The story is told of a man who was walking through an area that was under heavy construction. He was curious about what was going on, so he asked a worker, “What are you doing here?” The man responded that he was a brick layer and obviously he was laying bricks! Undeterred, the man walked a little further and found another construction worker. Again he asked this man, “Sir, what is it you are doing?” The second man replied that he was in the process of building a great wall. 
The man continued on his walk and found a third man laboring diligently. He inquired again, “Man, what are you doing here?” The third man said, “I am building a great cathedral for the glory of God.”  What was amazing was that all three of the laborers were doing the same task of laying bricks and all three were working on the very same project. The difference in their attitudes was vision.
God-given vision will allow the nursery worker to realize that she is not just providing childcare, but she is actually preparing children to view church as a safe, happy place to be and shaping their hearts to one day receive the precious gospel of our Lord. Vision allows the Sunday School teacher to see the needs of the people in his class, see the eternal answers in the Word of God, and see how to bring them both together in the Bible teaching hour on Sunday morning. He’s no longer just teaching, because of the vision God has given him. Vision allows Youth workers to see themselves preparing teens for the pressures of life and how to be successful adults, and not just see themselves as chaperones. The difference is vision!
Note that the verse above helps us to see that God’s vision has God’s power attached to it. He is exceedingly able to work through His people in supernatural ways. As God works to bring the vision to pass, He promises to work through us and through His church to glorify Himself. Notice that this vision passes on from generation to generation and sees its ultimate fulfillment in eternity. Wow! 
As you work in the Sunday School ministry of your church today, you are handling the things of God. You are God’s vessel, impacting lives in ways that will still be visible hundreds of years from now. He is willing to do more than you can even imagine by His great power working through you. Ask God for His vision for your class and for the church you serve. Let it motivate you and inspire you to do the great work of His kingdom. Praise Him for the extraordinary work He is going to do through ordinary people like us.