Guest Post by Starla Smith from Sunday2Monday.blog
Sunday2Monday: Power of Vision- 2 Questions We Must Answer and Can’t Afford Not Too
Every year our pastor launches us in a direction for the year. This year, our theme is “Rhythms of Grace.” This past month we have been given some awesome teaching about finding the pace of grace that God has for us. In the first message of this series, Pastor Lynn told us that we need a Rhythm of Grace in our lives so that when speed bumps come in life, we will not be taken by surprise and find ourselves crashing through life, out of control because we have no margin, no space to breath or exhale the grace of God in our lives. We also heard from Ken Roberts about the 5 essential things we need for rest. Ken explained that rest is a combination of things: spirit, mind, will, emotion, and body, working together. In order to have rest, you must have them working as one. Otherwise, you may have a body at rest (a body not working) but if your mind is playing whack-a-mole with your emotions, you will not enter into rest. Then, Rob Tanner hit it home with Pruning. We must be ready for what God wants to do in our lives and that means we must be willing to change. Rob gave us 3 things we must do to stay flexible and ready for what God has for us. So why does Pastor Lynn give us a theme each year? Vision. He wants the people in our church to see what God is up too. This week, he told us why it is so important to know where we are going and what God is doing. He shared with us a message called The Compelling Power of Vision.
Pastor Lynn read Hebrews 12:1-2, pointing out the words “the joy” but it wasn’t until he shared the Passion translation that I saw the beauty he was trying to unveil to us.
Hebrew 12:1-2 As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us.2 We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!
Do you see it? Those beautiful, glorious words “the joy of knowing that you would be His!” Jesus just wants to be with us. The power of vision is that we would be able to view the world through one lens. That lens is to see with the eyes of Jesus. We have to allow God to change our view. We don’t see as clearly as we think we do.
This past week, Pastor Lynn and I, worked on the vision booklet for our congregation. We were staring at it and working on it for hours. It looked pretty good to the both of us. Then, we asked Karmen to put her eyes on it and she saw things we missed. We were thankful and surprised by the things we didn’t see. As Christians, we can get comfortable with the way we have been walking and working in life that after a while we don’t see what needs to change anymore. We become passive and complacent. We slowly begin to just drift. God wants to give us a new viewpoint and new shoes to walk in. He wants to give us a new sound to hear. His heartbeat for us.
Gods heartbeat for us is a rhythm of grace.
This sound is a sound of love, full of grace and rest for our souls. Pastor Lynn wore his big ol’ papa heart on his sleeve saying, “If you only knew what the Father had in his heart for you, you wouldn’t view yourself or anyone less than how He views you.” Pastor Lynn told us that he had been praying to God, asking the Lord to make him a hope dispenser. I just love that our pastor prays to be a person who sees the people God has given him just like God sees them. Pastor Lynn revealed to us that as he has worked alongside us, prayed for us, and gotten to know us here at SOL over the past 4 years, that he has found 2 main questions that we need to answer to overcome the enemy, so that he can’t keep us from living out God’s vision for our lives.
2 questions we must answer and can’t afford not too:
- Who am I?
- Why was I created?
You were created to be someone and to do something. It’s simple but these questions are the root issues we must settle. Are we living a shadow version of ourselves or truly alive in all the wonder that God created us to be? Through tears of love, Pastor Lynn said, “God didn’t mess up when He created you! When you pray to God, your voice is so unique to God and He treasures hearing it.“
The compelling power of vision is seeing ourselves and others how God sees us. He has created us to be exactly who we are and has a plan for us. When we don’t take time to answer these questions we miss the life vision and life purpose God has for us and instead we end up stuck in sin patterns and wrapped up in the comparison game, always looking at what everyone else is doing, thinking to ourselves that God must have made a mistake when He made me. That is not the truth. God has something so much better for us in mind.
Join me, Wednesday’s at the Watering Hole as we look a little more at Identity and Destiny.
Thanks for Listening,