How God-sized is your vision? Is it doomed to failure unless, by faith, your heavenly Father comes through? Hard times can torment you and drive the passion right out of your big, God-given dreams. But vision can sustain you.
Greater than any American Dreams you might seek, are the God-given dreams he gives to his people. And these great dreams come with vision that can sustain them and propel you forward.
Don’t let yourself fall into making earthly excuses for not chasing after God-sized dreams. Rise above excuses, like Nehemiah did. He prayed, fasted, and repented for his people. Then he prepared his plan, so when the king asked him a question, his plan was the answer. And don’t forget to be bold to ask for provision from unconventional sources. Nehemiah saw God open up for him an opportunity for help from the Persian king, so he took it. “It pleased the king to send me, so I set a time” (Nehemiah 2:6b, NIV).
Our King of Kings, Jesus Christ, is waiting to work through earthly authorities on our behalf. Our part is to make a plan, prayerfully show up with that plan, and ask unashamedly for what it takes to fulfill the vision he has given us.
Don’t waste time wondering if it is the right time. Set a time. And, by faith, trust the Lord that he will come through beyond your expectations. Collaborate with Christ. Get counsel from godly advisors, and then present your case by faith.
You have worked hard, overcome adversity, and sacrificed to see your dream come to fruition. Big vision may also bring out big people and big resources, people who share your dream and want to participate in it with you. Pursuing your dream with your own resources and relationships may lead them to dwindle. But with the vision God has given and the faith that it is God who is working his will in you, they will flourish, and new resources and relationships are likely to become available too.
A big vision of the Lord brings out the best in you and the best in others. Keep Christ as the central focus of your faith, and be faithful to his compelling call.
Do I confidently cast a compelling vision? Am I trusting the Lord for big things, or am I too bound up by earthly expectations?
A compelling vision is your motivation to move forward by faith and see your Heavenly Father work his plans out through you, in ways you can’t even imagine.
Verse: “Know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:19-21, KJV).”
Read: Nehemiah Chapters 1-3.