Why is it so important to cultivate vision for our lives, our ministries, and our businesses? Because God sees us in a way that we often don’t see ourselves.
Many people don’t have a full sense of what they can really accomplish. They see other people making an impact, but they don’t think they can do it.
However, we all can cultivate vision. It is an adventure we all can live. Because God wants us to embrace all that he has for us.
And it all starts with these simple steps from the life of Gideon (Judges 6:1-16).
1. Recall what God has done.
The Israelites forgot what God had done for them. They didn’t remember that God had brought them out of Egypt.
So they did evil in God’s sight. And God gave them over to the Midianites (Judges 6:1, 8-9).
They had forgotten how God had done the miraculous. He could do more than they could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). He could rescue them from all their enemies.
But only if they remembered that He could.
2. See yourself as God sees you.
When we forget what God has done, we also forget who we are.
Vision first involves seeing ourselves rightly. That means getting a reality check on who we think we are.
We all can relate to Gideon. The Angel of the Lord called Gideon a mighty warrior (Judges 6:12). But Gideon said he was the runt of the litter of the weakest clan in Manasseh (Judges 6:15).
We do the same thing. We listen to the lies we’ve heard from our family, from our coworkers, from our culture, and from the enemy of our souls. And thus we believe we can’t be who God says we can be.
God told the Israelites not to fear the gods of the Amorites, but the Israelites did it anyway (Judges 6:10). As a result, they saw themselves in the context of the Amorite gods. Not how God saw them.
3. Believe what God can do through you.
God wants us to see ourselves through His eyes. So we can have the faith to do what He asks of us.
God told Gideon that he would defeat the Midianites. And that He would be with him (Judges 6:16).
But Gideon did what we would do. He hedged.
Gideon thought he wasn’t mighty. But God sent him to save Israel from the Midianites with the might that he had (Judges 6:14).
We may not have the faith to believe all that God can do through us, but we should step out in the faith that we do have. And watch God show up. Just like Gideon did.
Paul said, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). If we don’t think that we can do something, then that limits what God can do through us.
Remember: If God can use Gideon, He can use us too. So let God help you cultivate vision for your life.
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