John 4:34-38 – “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work. 35 “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. 36 “Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 “For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ 38 “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” NASB
Many years ago, in the City of Los Angeles, California the Chamber of Commerce offered a $500 prize for the best slogan submitted in the city’s campaign to promote LA. A mother of three children won the prize with this slogan: “Vision to See, Faith to Believe, Courage to Do.” That is a powerful slogan and one worthy of becoming the objective of each of our lives. When you examine the slogan, you find some powerful truths. There is a great need, in this hour, for God’s people and His church to embrace that slogan as our life objective.
WE NEED – Vision to See.
One of the most perplexing problems the church can have, has had, or will have, is the lack of vision. I am convinced that had the Early Church been limited in their vision, like many today, they would never have turned their world upside down for God. Christianity would have died in the 1st century due to lack of vision.
Thomas was not present when Jesus first appeared to the disciples after His resurrection and he made a statement that earned him the moniker, Doubting Thomas. He said, “expect I see, I will not believe.” Much of today’s church seems to be saying, “except I see, I will not do.”
We are informed in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Other versions translate it “cast off restraint or are unrestrained.” One says, “the people run wild.” For vision to become the driving force and the rallying point for people, someone must show them the way. Someone must write and expound the vision with clarity of understanding. A candle has no value if it is hidden under a basket. An eye that cannot see provides no ability to navigate the pathway.
I ask that we reconsider and re-read John 4:35, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” We need, no we must have Vision to See.
We Need Vision to See What Needs to be Done! Many are busy with busyness but never truly see what really needs to be done. They are doers without vision. They are flags in the wind, blowing but not achieving anything. We know that the commission and directive of our Lord were to take the Gospel to the whole world. If we do not take the Word and the Vision of God to the world, how will they hear? We need to catch the vision of God’s Church as His Body and that we are all individual members of that body. No sect, group, or denomination is the whole. It is The Body of Christ!
It is imperative that each of us sees that the spirituality and success of our local church depend on us. A local church will never be on fire for God until its members have been set aflame by the Spirit of God. It is imperative that we see that the effectiveness of our local church depends on us. Our dedication, commitment, involvement and pursuit of the Call and Commission of God will inspire and motivate others. I pray that God will open our eyes so that we have “Vision to See.”
We not only need to see what needs to be done but what is being done. If we see what needs to be done and what is being done, we can discern the best use of our time, talents, and treasures. God is calling and our response needs to be as Isaiah, “Here am I Lord, send me.”
I want to address the other two parts of the slogan but will pause until next time and ask that you open your hearts so that the LORD can open your eyes to SEE!
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!