What do you want to be when you grow up? Where do you want to be in ten years? What are your goals for your kids when they become adults? These are all great questions to think about and they all have something in common. They are all about plans for the future! A large percentage of Americans live their life day to day without any real plans or goals for the future. The result of this behavior is a lack of progress in different areas of their lives. Without a clear goal, you don’t know how to prepare for your future! The same is true in our spiritual lives… if we live day to day, we will remain spiritually stagnant and fail to progress!
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – Proverbs 29:18
The Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish….” God desires for his people to have a vision (goals) for their lives. Living day to day will never produce the results that we are looking for. Here are some areas that we should have a vision for…
God desires for you to walk with him! Part of the reason he created us was to have a relationship with us! God walked with Adam in the garden of Eden but was forced to stop when they committed their first sin. So, God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, down to earth so that he could once again walk with his creation! He lived a perfect life and then died as payment for our sin so that we would have the opportunity to one day walk with God in heaven for all eternity!
As humans, we are never complacent where we are physically. We make New Year’s Resolutions every year to lose weight, get a promotion, get a nicer house, etc. We are always looking for ways to improve our physical lives… but what about our spiritual lives? Are you complacent where you are spiritually? Are you as close to God as you would like to be?
We need to have a vision for our personal walk with God. Always be looking for ways to improve! Maybe you could start reading your Bible everyday (2 verses is better than none) or maybe you could set a goal to start soul-winning on a regular basis. Whatever area needs improvement, we need to set a goal to improve that area this year! Don’t try to fix every area at the same time… you will fail. Pick one area and go for it!
As parents, we always have goals for our kids. Generally, every parent wants their kid to turn out better than they did. They want them to go to the perfect college, get the perfect job, marry the perfect spouse and live in the perfect house. While these are all great goals to have, they only reflect our physical desires. We should desire for our kids to be closer to God than we are, to love the Bible more than we do, and to serve God better than we do! These are the things that will truly lead to a good life for our kids!
“We need to have a bold vision for our family because the devil has a bold vision for our family!”
The devil is out to get us! The Bible compares him to a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. We need a vision for our family. Be honest with yourself… Do you care if your kids grow up wanting to serve God? If we are honest, most of us would prefer for our kids to have a nice job making six figures a year. The devil is a liar and a deceiver… There is no success outside of God’s will. Let’s set some spiritual goals for our family this year!
If you are a member of a church, you should have a desire to see that church grow! Why? Because Jesus has a desire to see your church grow! When a good church grows, it is a result of souls being saved and lives being changed. A common saying that I have heard from Pastors is, “more people, more problems,” which is true! The more people a church has, the more problems it is likely to have. But this mindset can subconsciously discourage us from wanting to see the church grow. Instead of “more people, more problems”, look at it from God’s perspective… “more people, more souls!”
Don’t leave the vision of the church solely up to the Pastor. Do you wish the church was more friendly to visitors? Then get up and be more friendly to visitors! Do you want the songs to be more exciting? Then open up the hymnal and sing from your heart! Find a place to serve in your church and be faithful to it.
“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28
We need to make it a point to have a vision in every area of our life! Living day to day doesn’t lead to good results!