As I peeled the four gospels one by one, I realized that Jesus Christ was a man who made His vision in life His number one priority. His vision was the reason He was trapped in Mary’s womb for nine months, delivered into a cave, wanted to be killed by herod, visited by the three wise men, baptized by John the Baptist, tempted by the devil, exercised self control, ministered to thousands, betrayed by Judas, released by Pontius Pilate, killed by the Roman soldiers, crucified, died and was buried, rose up on the third day, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Jesus understood the power of Vision and this disciplined Him in all His dealings. How badly do you want your vision? Are you ready to carry your cross and drink the cup just to see your vision fulfilled? Are you willing to forsake all you have just to make that vision a reality?
Jesus was once followed by a great multitude and He turned and said to them a profound statement which has been the secret to unlocking greatness. This statement is the key to maximizing your potential. As He turned to the multitude together with His disciples, He said to them these words:
Matthew 16:24- 25
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
In effect, Jesus told them “choose death over life”. If you are willing to loose your life for the sake of your vision you will live. Vision is the greatest gift God gave man and without passion you’ll faint along the line. Passion is the stigma that says ” I am going to go for this no matter what happens”. It is this one thing that causes you to work with all your heart. Christ realized His decision was personal but not private. He knew the salvation of the world was at the mercy of His vision. That is why He cried out in the garden of Gethsemane “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” let your will be done He said.
Nehemiah, a young man with much vision, didn’t rest when he was inform about his hometown and what had happened to His people. He placed his whole life into his vision of rebuilding the walls of His hometown Jerusalem. His vision made room for him to gain favor in the sight of King Artaxerxes. He gathered his people and influenced them to help in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. His passion was to see his hometown back to its feet. And amazingly his people had a mind to work with him. This is what I call cooperate vision. They fulfilled rebuilt the city wall with free materials from the King.
So we rebuilt the wall, and all the wall was joined together to half its height; for the people had a mind to work.
The majority of people in the earth really have no passion for life because there is no vision in their hearts. Many of them live just to pay bills and die. They pass like a dust vanishes in air, with no purpose in life. They live, not to make any impart in the lives of people and leave a treasure for generations unborn. This is really sad. We wake each morning, catch the bus, go to work, close and get back home with no purpose in our hearts. We do this for years with uncertainty in our hearts, just hoping that one day we’ll die and depart. What a tragedy to die unsatisfied.
Paul of Tarsus, an apostle of Jesus Christ who was faithful in His calling, faced much persecutions because of his vision. He wrote
2 Corinthians 11:22 – 29
Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
It is easy to get excited about a vision, but it is harder to be faithful to it. Paul was cast away, shipwrecked, stoned, beaten and imprisoned several times, left at the mercy of rivers, stayed in cold and naked, lived in hunger for food and thirst of water severally for the sake of his calling. His passion was to see the gospel preached to the churches all over the world. Passion is a desire that is stronger than death and it will overcome resistance. What a quest dying for? We are appointed, called and chosen by God for a purpose.
I lost my job, stayed hungry and had no place to lay my head just for me to heed to my call. Yet I glory each day for the manifestation of His glory. God sometimes will reduce you for you to turn to His purpose. Christ said for this was I sent, to preach the gospel of my Father’s Kingdom to the world. He understood the purpose for His calling.
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Listen to me friends, no one is a mistake. The world is at the mercy of your decision. You were called for, and with a purpose. Sacrifice your life for the purpose of your birth. Don’t die tired. Make a meaning out of your life. If you have giftings, use it to impart lives. Only your gift can open doors for you and bring you before great men.