When there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18)
Their are two very weighty areas of life expressed in this proverb. The first expression is the plan, the purpose, and the reason to exist as God's people. The next would be the quality of one's relationship with their Creator.
Once a very large company experience a significant drop in sales. To their surprise, this was in the immediate area where the manufacturing factory was located. All the other areas of the country were on an increase. So concerning, that the president of the company himself went to investigate. He chose to travel by bus. This he felt would give him a feel of the area, meet the public, ask questions and so on. He wanted to get a pulse on the situation. This is what he learned.
His company was a major employer in the area. Most of his employees when asked about the product they produced would give a long exhortation of poor working conditions, poor management, horrible pay; adding how the wealth of the company's president was increased at their expense. Oh yes, then they would add, but it's a good product. No one had ever seen the president face to face; so, entrance into their emotional behavior was easily gained by this perfect stranger.
Needless to say, the president closed the factory and relocated elsewhere. Taking only his faithful employees; all others were left to their own demise.
A vision is something that one hopes and works for. Knowing this, that some day it will become a reality.
If someone asked you today, "what is the vision for your church?" What would you answer? Would your answer engulf an active part or some clever mechanical lip service? Would your vision entail God as the owner, Jesus as the head and the Holy Ghost turning others from the power of darkness to the power of light? You be the judge.
Dr. Thomas Snyder