A PROPER VISION

Habakkuk 2:2…write the vision and make it plain upon tables that he may run that readeth it.

Having a vision is good because greatness is impossible without it; nevertheless, the vision must be clear and written down expressly. Statistics shows that people who write down their goals have a higher success rate than those who don’t. Having a clearly written vision dates back to the first century- nothing is new under the heavens.

Leadership is impossible in any organization, if the leader is not a visionary. Furthermore, it has to be a clear-cut vision which can be easily understood by the followers. Suffice it to say, there is no way followers can perform to the best of their abilities, if the vision is not plain, because they won’t be able to run with it. I honestly believe a leader must be able to cite the vision of the organization in a very simple sentence.

The bible admonishes us to be followers of those who by faith and patience obtained the promise; hence, I am compelled to cite two examples from the Holy book. About 2,000 years ago, a rabbi on a recruitment drive, met two brothers working; he proceeded to sell his vision with a profound statement,’ follow me and I will make you fishers of men’; immediately, the brothers followed him, because Jesus was able to paint a future for them in the simplest way possible. There was no need for hours of deliberation because the vision was easy to be understood. When followers get a grasp of the vision of the leader, they subscribe and run with it.
John had an encounter with divinity at the island of Patmos: Jesus told him “write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter” Revelation 1:19. We can see clearly, it is the modus operandi of God for us to write down our visions.

It is not enough to have a vision; you need a mission statement culled from your vision. It must show what you intend to do to actualize the vision you have. Take for example, Adam lost the authority given to him by God to the devil which necessitated God sending his son to defeat the enemy and restore what was lost. Thus his parting words after the completion of his assignment is not a coincidence ‘all power on earth and in heaven has been given to me…’ Jesus came primarily to restore man back to the glorious era before the fall of man. Hence, his vision could be said to be a mandate of restoration- he wouldn’t have been needed, if Adam didn’t sell out to the devil. There would have been no need to be born again if Adam didn’t die spiritually.

In order for Jesus to fulfill his mandate, he had a mission statement outlined with clarity in Luke 4:18,’ The Spirit of the lord God is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives… In order for Jesus to fulfill his mandate of destroying the works of the devil and restoring man back to the glorious era, he needed to run with a mission statement of how he intended to achieve his vision. In order words, God had a vision of reconciling man to himself, he sent Jesus on a mission outlined in Luke 4:18

Bill gates had a vision from the onset to put a computer in every home; he established a company to that effect and today, it is speaking loud and clear in every nation of the earth.

Please understand perfectly, the devil will fight your vision- Oh yeah he will. The bible says ‘Surely they shall fight against thee but they shall not prevail for I am with thee… ’ The devil took special interest in Peter because he knew he would become the leader of the church; similarly, he tried to destroy Moses because he knew he was a deliverer.

The bible makes us understand, had the devil known he was being used to fulfill a divine mandate, he wouldn’t have led his folks to crucify Jesus. I want you to know something today, the devil later found out he was being used – that is the reason he tried to use Peter to prevent Jesus from going to the cross. Think about it for a minute, one minute he was saying “Kill Jesus”, the next minute he was trying to prevent him from dying. That’s the reason Jesus rebuked Peter by saying “get thee behind me Satan”. Jesus wasn’t calling Peter satan; he meant Peter was under the influence of the devil, he spoke directly to the devil, not once did he mention Peter, albeit he was looking at him. The bible says, while we look not at the things which are seen,but the things which are not seen- for the things which are seen are temporal, but that which is not seen is eternal. Jesus was operating in the spirit- he was speaking to the devil and not Peter. In the same vein, Jesus while looking at the temple, told the scribes “destroy this temple,and in 3 days I will raise it back”.Jesus was looking at the edifice, but he was speaking about his body not the physical structure.

Do not forget, before Peter yielded to the devil, he was applauded by Jesus when he sought to know what People thought of him. Peter told him, he was the anointed one- Jesus made it clear the inspiration came from God and not man. Peter could have thought he was under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost at that particular period as well, but Jesus knew better.

Move closer to God because no vision can see the light of the day without him.. It is well. Shalom