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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Be Thou my Vision - All our kids are driving now. No more lessons with Dad. No more repetition. No more lectures. No more reminders to check your mirrors. For me, mirrors were a big part of safe driving. You could check your mirror a hundred times and see nothing of concern. But one day, that simple mirror check could save your life. I know this from experience. What I’ve seen in that moment has resulted in immediate change. What we see impacts what we do. More often than not, the purpose of divine revelation is divine transformation. When God gives a vision, things shift. But what type of vision brings about godly transformation? Not surprisingly, the type of vision that God most loves to give is that of himself. This is what we mean when we speak of his glory. I should state that a vision of God (and in particular his holiness) leads to a greater awareness of what is not of God (unholiness) and that can be rather confronting. Isaiah’s first reaction to seeing the splendour of God (Isaiah 6:1-3) was to be filled with anguish at his own poverty of spirit (Isaiah 6:5). The stark contrast between God and ourselves can be rather disturbing. You may not actually like what you see in yourself but don’t fear....
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Why vision? - As a teenager, a huge poster of a tropical beach used to decorate my bedroom wall. It was one of those beach scenes that was almost too perfect to be true and had you saying to yourself, “One of these days, I’ve gotta go there!” It wasn’t enough to just see it, it begged you to experience it! A vision from God does the same. It’s like an invitation and it will always mean change. It’s purpose is to encourage, inspire, foretell, warn or prepare a person for change. One may argue that the ultimate purpose of a vision from God, is worship of God! Absolutely, but remember worship is change. It’s a change of posture or disposition and the principal biblical terms (Hebrew saha and Greek proskyneo) both emphasise the act of prostration or the doing of obeisance. When God gives us a vision, something will change. We can choose to obey or disobey but – for better or worse – we will not be the same. One of the most famous recorded visions is that of Isaiah chapter 6. Notice the following; Firstly, he has a vision of God. V.1-3 “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne;....
IMG_7072 The “V” word - I was chatting with a few ministry colleagues on one occasion about various pressures in ministry. One of them mentioned that for him, it was the expectation of some to be able to come up with a compelling and articulate picture of the ministry’s future. In short – a vision. Another of my friends immediately quipped, “Oh yes, don’t mention the “V” word!” So what’s wrong with the “V” word? How is it that vision has become such an anathema? Although modernity was handing the baton over to post-modernity during the 80’s, there was nonetheless quite a fixation on management and management theory. Perhaps a little surprisingly, it was the church – it seems – who couldn’t get enough of it. Bookshops dedicated entire aisles to the “Business” section. Christian authors couldn’t produce enough volumes. Leadership conferences were attended with the same fervour as revival meetings and business leaders – based on their competency – were ushered into leadership positions with open arms. In particular, churches and various ministries were busily framing their latest “Vision Statement”. Often aspirational in nature, they described a preferred future. Now not all of these were bad and in fact, many continue to serve as a guide for various ministries today. So what’s the....

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