On occasion, rare occasions I must confess, I vacuum the floor. In that season a vacuum is a good thing. My wife Rhonda especially likes it. When Edison invented the light bulb, it was an important discovery when it was understood that the filament inside burned best and brightest in a vacuum. That is a good thing too. But other time vacuums are not so good.
If we don’t have a vision then the vacuum created will be filled by something else.
I think this is true for the Church, for pastors, Church leaders, and the Christian; the disciple who is serious about following Jesus Christ.
The vision Jesus gave the Church was to make disciples of Jesus Christ, disciples who serve the least the last and the lost, a Church that is constantly learning and practicing loving God and neighbor. The disciple of Jesus Christ should be consumed with living like Jesus, doing what He taught, and growing in God’s grace. These clear teachings in the Bible make up the vision of the Christian life, a vision every Church leader and every pastor should have adopted when they accepted the call to leadership, the vision they faithfully and with perseverance lead the Church into. The same teachings should fill the life of every Christian, if they don’t, then the vacuum…
So this simple blog is suggesting we do a little work. If we are a pastor or Church leader, what is our vision for the Church? If we are disciples of Jesus Christ, what is the personal vision we have for our lives? Is the vision undergirded by the Bible, the teaching of Jesus, and the growing relationship with God that should consume every Christian?
If we don’t have a vision then the vacuum created will be filled by something else. This is why Jesus said these words;
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. Matthew 7:24-27
In seasons of chaos, the Church that succeeds, the Christian life that overcomes, is the one that has a clear vision that rises from the rock Jesus said we are to build on.