I have horrible eyesight. I've had glasses since the third grade and ever since then my eyesight has gotten progressively worse. If you wear glasses then you know what it's like to wake up in the middle of the night and feel completely lost. Its like you've lost all eyesight, because it's just dark. All you can make out are the outlines of objects. But it's amazing what clarity comes with putting on a pair of glasses. It goes from blurred lines to clear vision.
That's kind of what it's like when we lose sight of our calling in life. It feels dark and confusing. But when we put on our spiritual glasses, we gain Kingdom Vision. We optimize the power of heaven in our lives and increase the refection of Jesus in our hearts. The truth is, our calling in life is kingdom focused. It's not really about life here on earth, but eternity in heaven. It's about bringing people to a place of comfort and love. It's about spreading God's Kingdom to every nation.
"Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
How many times have we gone to the mall or to the grocery store and standing outside was a ragged old man holding a sign or a change jar? We see him and we feel sorry for him, but that's where it stops. We usually don't stop to have conversation with him. We usually don't stop to pray with him. We usually don't stop to show compassion. We usually continue walking and maybe say something like "that poor man". But what good are our words if our actions don't follow? Once again, we are nothing without love.
Trust me, I'm as guilty as you are and I'm speaking to myself right now. But instead of feeling condemned, feel convicted. When we feel convicted that means something has to change. Its time to do things differently. So yes, I hope you feel convicted and that you will do something about it.
When our lives become about loving and discipling others, whether that be on the street, at our job, or in the church, we gain Kingdom Vision. We begin to see others as Jesus sees them. We see that there is a soul that needs saving and it pushes us to make more of our own lives.
But before we can be sent to disciple, we must be willing to be sent. There are so many times that God wants to use people, but He needs them to be willing. God is waiting for you to open the door of your heart. He wants to give you fresh vision and anoint you to go love others. He's eating for you to say "send me" and really mean it. Remember words are nothing without action.
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Things we can do to optimize Kingdom vision:
- Read the Bible AND apply it
- Local outreach
- Connect with other believers
- Take what you have learned and teach someone else
- Always, always be encouraging... speak life and not death
I want to leave you with this, to have Kingdom vision is to love and to love is to be like Jesus. Jesus would leave the 99, just to save the 1. He would forget about the plans He has for the day, just to speak life into 1 person. We need to forget our worldly agenda and the to-do lists, so that we can grasp a hold of the Kingdom agenda, which is to LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE.
So be willing to lave the 99. Be willing to speak to that 1 person. Be willing to go wherever it is God calls you. Open your eyes to see the broken people and always be ready to encourage someone. You never know what your words could mean to a person. You just might bring them into eternity.