Most people don’t discover God’s vision for their lives. Even if they did discover what God’s vision for their life was, they wouldn’t believe that they could do it. As a result, most people are frustrated with their lives. Because they don’t live up to their God-given potential.
Here’s a simple exercise. Answer the following questions:
- Do you believe that God is all powerful?
- Do you believe that God can use any instrument to accomplish his purposes?
- If God called you to achieve something you thought impossible, could you accomplish it?
That’s why you need to see yourself as God sees you. Here’s how you can find out God’s vision for your life, so you can live up to your God-given potential.
What is vision?
A simple definition I’ll provide for vision is a picture of a future state taken from a present vantage point. I’ll break down the components of the definition.
As implied by the word “picture,” a vision is a visual image. It can be bleary or it can be in focus, depending on how clear it is in your mind. Over time, the image of the vision can become sharper in focus as you fine tune what you see.
A vision is set in the future. But the clarity of the image in your mind has nothing to do with how far into the future the vision is set. Instead, it has everything to do with how clearly you can envision what that future state would look like.
Present Vantage Point
A vision has just as much to do with the present as it does with the future. The greater the difference between the present state and the future state can make the vision all the more desirable. And all the more intimidating.
Most people do not see themselves as God sees them. They don’t see how they can get from the present to the future state.
But Scripture is filled with ordinary people through whom God did extraordinary things. God can do far more than you could ever ask or imagine in your wildest dreams (Ephesians 3:20).
Your present vantage point will present the greatest challenge to living up to your God-given potential. Are you prepared to believe that God can do extraordinary things through you?
The Biblical Account of Abraham
God planted a vision in Abram’s heart. God told him that he would be a blessing to all people (Genesis 12:1-3). But first, he would have to leave his country and family and head to an unknown land.
Verse 4 of Genesis 12 records Abram’s response: he left. Abram didn’t know what to expect, but he went anyway. He responded in faith to God’s vision.
Abram did not know why he was going into Canaan. Only after he had arrived in Canaan did God tell him why he sent him there. Once in Canaan, Abram learned that God would give his progeny the land (Genesis 12:7a).
After Abram’s men and Lot’s men quarreled, Abram gave up his privilege as the elder and gave Lot the pick of the land. Then God spoke to Abram again in Genesis 13:14b-17. God confirmed that He will
- give him all the land that he can see,
- make his descendants beyond numbering, and
- give them the land forever.
When Abram rescued Lot from the kings of Shinar, Eliasar, Elam, and the other nations, God spoke to Abram again. But this time Abram argued with him. Abram questioned how he will have progeny when he had no children. In response, God promised that his progeny would be as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:4b-5).
Abram’s response is recorded in Genesis 15:6—and in Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6, and James 2:23.
Abram believed God, and God counted him righteous for doing so.
Abram did not have the full picture when he moved. God told him to go, and he did. He didn’t bargain with God to learn more information before we went. Instead he moved forward in faith. And God honored Abram’s faith by counting it as righteousness.
When God gives you a vision, he wants you to run with it. Even if you don’t understand how it will be fulfilled. He is more interested in your faithfulness than in your immediate fulfillment of it.
It will take time for you to become the person who can fulfill your God-given potential. But when you walk with God and wait on God, you forge the trust to work with God.
The Calling on Your Life
Romans 4:23-24 tells us that account of Abraham was not written for his sake alone, but also for you. What happened to Abraham didn’t happen just for Abraham’s benefit, but it happened for your benefit too.
God delights when you respond in faith and believe He can do the impossible through you. When God places a call upon your life to do something beyond yourself, He is glorified when you step out in faith to fulfill your God-given potential.
God wants to use you and your work in your faith journey. Because your faith journey is not all about you.
God is not interested in growing you up in faith just so you can be His child, as important as that may be. God wants you to fulfill your God-given potential for the sake of others.
Abraham’s act of faith was not just for him. He blessed untold generations because of his response to God’s call. Similarly, you are here on earth for others.
God has equipped you with your God-given potential. He wants to see you
- step out in faith,
- honor His name, and
- help others in their areas of need.
God can use you personally. And God can use you professionally. And your work can be a part of something much bigger than you think.
God may be prompting you when you feel moved by others’ needs. Or upset by injustice. Or motivated by a cause.
God may have spoken to you directly, so you may have a clear picture of what He wants you to do. But if He hasn’t been that direct, He may want you to discover that yourself.
Have you ever seen a problem and asked, “Why isn’t somebody doing something about that?” Well, God may have just found that somebody. And it’s you.
At those times, don’t tell God why you can’t do something. Instead ask, “What can I do?” Pray about what you see. Match up your interests, your abilities, and your giftings with what God shows you.
Don’t get me wrong. Just because you see a problem doesn’t always mean it’s your job to fix it. But you are the solution to others’ problems. God could fix it all by Himself, but He chooses to work through you.
God can do amazing things through you once you are willing to start on a faith journey to fulfill your God-given potential.
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