In Numbers 13 we’re told of twelve spies who went into the promised land of Israel to see how to conquer the land for Israel. Ten spies didn’t have any vision but two of the spies did. The ten visionless spies said, “We can’t take the land, because the people who live there are like giants. We are like grasshoppers compared to them.” God called their opinion an evil report. The two spies with vision, Joshua and Caleb, said, “Let us go up at once and possess it. The Lord will give us the land; the Lord is with us; don’t be afraid.” I find it interesting that we remember the names of the two spies with vision, Joshua and Caleb, but we don’t remember the names of the ten that were visionless.
Walt Disney’s brother used to say to him, “Walt, you will never amount to anything; everything you dream of is too big and costs millions of dollars.” Old Walt didn’t do so badly did he? Funny thing is that no one remembers the name of Walt’s brother, but what we do know is that he went to work for Walt. Disney’s most daring vision adventure came when he was an old man and he suggested the building of Disneyland. He proposed this to his board and every single person was against it. Not one of the men in leadership thought Disneyland would be a financial success because of it’s tremendous cost. But it was! Walt said before he died, “As long as man has vision, Disneyland will continue to grow.” That’s not a bad motto for the church.
I want to shout the same message that Joshua and Caleb gave, “Let us go up at once and possess it. The Lord will give us the land; the Lord is with us; don’t be afraid.”
Our churches despretly needs vision. And my vision for the church in Childress is that we take the entire unchurched Childress community for Christ. It is possible. And then after taking the Childress community for Christ we’re coming for the rest of the world (smile). That’s my goal and my vision. As long as we believe it’s possible with God … it’s possible. When it comes to reaching my community with the message of Christ, I want to shout the same message that Joshua and Caleb gave, “Let us go up at once and possess it. The Lord will give us the land; the Lord is with us; don’t be afraid.”
We need vision to see that God can do great things through us. The secret to building a great church has nothing to do with the education level of the people, the amount of money available in the budget, the location of the building, BUT the secret to reaching the community for Christ and building a great church is VISION. We must have vision to see and believe that God CAN do great things through us and then be willing to let God use us!
- So, what’s your vision for how you would like God to use you today?
- What’s your vision for the church? What would you like to see the church do or become?