By Rick Savage
The people of God live with a vision, a vision rooted and grounded in the redemptive activity of God in the world. If we disconnect from that vision we lose our bearings and find ourselves working hard for things that are not of eternal value. Without God-driven vision God’s people become just social clubs or glorified service organizations, doing good, yes, but not the kind of good, that moved God out of heaven into the dusty streets of Galilee.
It is extremely important that local congregations so profoundly connect themselves with the visions and dreams of God that nothing will shake them from staying true to whatever it means for them to be faithful to God in their places of service. The world doesn’t need another service organization or social club; it needs a transformed and transforming Church created by Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit.
The old Irish Hymn says it well in these wonderful words of commitment and faith:
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art—
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
May God help us to be so fully caught up in what He is doing that everything else, for us, will pale in comparison. May God be our vision. May His presence be the light of our lives. May the very being of our church be baptized in the wonder that is God, and may we live and move and have our being in Him.