“Now faith is the substance [realization] of things hoped for, the evidence [confidence] of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
Above are two very important and popular scriptures in the Christian belief. However, what about our purpose, dreams and aspirations—our vision? How can we have vision if faith is something we cannot see?
First, our focus should be set on Christ! He should be our vision. Just as Peter when Jesus walked on the sea (refer to Matthew 14:22-36), or the serpent in the wilderness.
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:14-15 – refer to Numbers 21:9
Our vision should align with the faith. It should aim to show God’s glory and lead others to Him. We need to see what God sees, and want what God wants for us. When we realize that, we can have vision with faith that isn’t based on what we see. Currently, I see a wicked world, a world going down the broad path that leads to destruction, but my vision is that my peers and I stay righteous and boldly walk the narrow path, intentionally transforming daily by renewing our minds refusing to conform. This vision takes work. Faith takes WORK. Believing is active; it WORKS! Believers do work. Your vision requires work; so don’t be lazy because there’s no such thing as a lazy Christian.
“and whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
I want you to know that it’s perfectly fine if your vision is bigger than you. It’s suppose to if you’re in Christ, but sometimes that can be scary because God’s ability is so great!
” Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly about all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us” Ephesians 3:20.
Trust me, I know! I was terrified when I started this blog, but I know that this blog is bigger than me. Sometimes we can doubt ourselves and become fearful because of ignorance of God’s will, but we can’t let that control us! We have to realize our hope and Christ, and have confidence that He’ll see us through.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” 2 timothy 1:7.
God’s vision was bigger, and even outlived, Abraham and Moses. Abraham (meaning ‘Father of a multitude’) was promised a great nation at an old age, when his name was Abram (meaning ‘exalted father’), before he was even a father! He and his wife even tried to take matters into their own hands because of doubt and fear. But God!!! He delivered on his promise and Isaac was born, then Jacob, then the 12 sons who became the twelve tribes to a nation.
“By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude – innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.” Hebrews 11:11-12.
Moses led the children of Israel (Jacob, who is Abraham’s grandson; a large nation at this point) out of Egyptian slavery and through the wilderness for 40 YEARS and didn’t even get to see the Promised Land (refer to Hebrews 11:23-29; Acts 7:17-36 emphasis on v. 23-25). Let your faith be bigger than your fear because your focus is Jesus and your destination is heaven.
I want to leave you with some scriptures that have encouraged me! I’m not gonna type them out for you 🙂 I want you to search them, read, meditate, and memorize them! Hopefully they’ll be a blessing to you like they were to me ❤
- Proverbs 16:3
- Psalm 37:5
- Proverbs 3:6
- 1 Peter 5:7
Just as John encouraged Gaius, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers! I love you and Jesus loves your more!!