What separates the ordinary Christian from the Outstanding Christian? What is it that separates a man and turns him into a success when all around, he is surrounded by people who are failures? What is it that so energizes a person that everyone around him rallies to his cause? It can be summed up in one word – Vision!
Throughout history, we are reminded of great leaders and pacesetters like Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Alexander the Great, Deborah (in the Bible), Martin Luther King Jr., Karl Benz, Henry Ford, Wilbur & Orville Wright, Samuel Ajayi Crowther, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Slessor, etc. All of these people were extra-ordinary individuals who saw something others could not see! They pursued it with their lives and today, their names have gone done in history as achievers. Why did they refuse to give in even when faced with adversity? Why did they not just follow the easy path and not “rock the boat”? They could very well have settled and chosen to live a safe average life.
Vision is the difference maker! In Proverbs 29:18, The Bible talks about people casting off restraints when there is no vision (Revelation). In other translations, it tells us that the lack of vision is what causes people to perish! It is amazing how fired and energized your tired body can get when you have a goal that excites you. How is it that some people just never seem to get tired? It is because there is something they have “seen” that is driving them.
In the early 1960’s, the USSR (as it then was) was far ahead of the USA in the race to space. The USSR had launched the first spacecraft (the Sputnik), they were the first to launch man into outer space and return him safely to the earth (Yuri Gagarin). However, in 1962, at Rice University Stadium in Houston, the USA and NASA (the US Space Program), were given an extraordinary target by a visionary. John F. Kennedy declared to the entire world that, “this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth”. At that point in time, it sounded fanciful and foolish.
However, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission safely took 3 Astronauts to the Moon when Neil Armstrong became the first human being to walk on another planet! They returned safely to the earth on July 24, 1969. How did this happen? How did the US overcome the odds and win the Space Race? That is the power of vision! John F. Kennedy had a vision, believed in it with his entire being and refused to let go – even in the face of adversity and “common sense”! Because of his tenacity, other people bought into that vision and because the vision was pursued with vigour, it came to pass.
It is the power of vision that makes a Muhammadu Buhari run for President over and over when he has been defeated on 3 different occasions previously! What was he seeing? What propelled him? It has to be humbling for a one-time head of state to be rejected by the electorate not one, not twice, but three times! Think of the countless political rallies, the thousands of hands he shook and people he met. How many hours spent planning, praying, raising money, talking, strategizing?
To make anything of yourself in life and in the Christian walk, you also must be empowered, invigorated and driven by a vision that refuses to give in. Cece Winans when singing about the sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross, said, “It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it”. What made it worth it? Hebrews 12:2 gives us the answer, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God the Father”. Visionaries see differently from the rest of the World. While the people around on Crucifixion day were seeing a Cross, Jesus had his eyes fixed on the Throne! What a difference vision makes.
Vision empowers you, energizes you, and motivates you. Vision has the ability to see what your spirit cannot see, it dictates your identity, it bonds, it unifies, it breaks down divisions and it strengthens you. Don’t let anyone tell you who you are. You have to discover who you are like Jesus our example did. Always remember that a Godly vision delivers you to the desired goal that will last and satisfy the longing of your heart.