As we are on the cusp of a new year and a new decade, many things come to mind that will or could happen over the next year or ten years. The Church is going through a difficult time, as is most of the World. How we look at the next 12 months, we will have a pending decision on an impeachment of President Trump and a national election. The world will get through the year regardless. But as we look from the vantage point of the Church and our Lord Jesus, we have a different perspective. It is imperative that we see with the eyes of God!
I was talking with Pastor Richard Scott the other day about the new year; and it came to mind that it is 2020. I started playing around with the idea of 20/20 vision and the myriad of issues with getting corrected vision. In this time of the Church and world events, I began to think about how to get a proper perspective on all that is happening in our world. Vision problems can occur rapidly or degrade over a lifetime. Sometimes a person may not even realize that their eyesight has gotten worse until there is a vision evaluation. As we look forward to a New Year of ministry; we are all challenged on what that might look like.
If we the Church are to fulfill our Great Commission, then we are going to need Good Vision to see clearly what needs to be done and how to accomplish it. Primarily I believe there needs to be a greater thrust towards evangelism from our local churches. I know so much is being said and done about “making disciples;” and rightly so. But our task begins with sharing the Gospel with the Lost. So, if we are to have “20/20 ministerial vision,” we will mostly likely need to have our “vision corrected.”
Some of the problems with vision from the scripture are listed below. I give these as suggestions for reflection and application as needed. You may even want to use this topic as a series for your church as you set forth ministry objectives for 2020.
1. Beam in your eye, speck in your brothers – Matthew 7:4
2. Without a Vision the people perish – Proverbs 29:18
3. Blind Bartimaeus story – Mark 10:46-52
4. The Eye is the window to the soul – Matthew 6:22-24
5. Blind Guides – Matthew 23:24
6. Blind leading the Blind – Matthew 15:14
When we think about almost all of us wear glasses or something to correct our vision. Sometimes the problem might be cataracts, astigmatism, near or far sightedness; cornea or macular degeneration, to name a few hinderances. These problems are normally corrected through surgery [Lasik], glasses or lenses.
What about our spiritual eyes? How do we view our current reality? What does 2020 hold for you? Just another year of slugging through ministry? There is an old saying looking through “rose-colored” glasses; to see things as we want instead of how they really appear. I think the worse condition would be to have complete loss of vision; being blinded intentionally [turning a blind eye to things] or unintentionally. In our full schedules we all can be suspect to “missing the forest for the trees.”
Before we get too far into the new year; we all could benefit from an introspection of our views about culture, church, ministry and personal lives. I’m not sure how each of you will receive these thoughts, but for me, I know that I must get a 20/20 focus for God’s plans for His Kingdom.
There are many distractions today to cause us to be out of focus. Let’s all strive for singleness of mind – Jeremiah 32:29! We all need a fresh Vision from God!
Oh, don’t forget Jeremiah Winter Bible Study January 12th -15th at Family Unity 6:30-8pm nightly. Refreshments provided. Call Caroline and sign-up.
Blessings for a Great and prosperous New Year!