Burden, Vision, And Reality
Perhaps a good way of summing up this chapter on the necessity of a God-given vision is in understanding the three terms above. Someone asked recently concerning the difference between burden and reality. Are they the same? There is little doubt that a real vision starts with a real burden. People really must care before they can become committed to a vision. In fact, without a strong burden from the Lord for the revival and harvest that He intends to have, few would ever press further to have the genuine vision necessary for its realization.
Perhaps the three words burden, vision, and reality speak of a process that carries us through to the fulfillment of the will of God in our work and in our ministries. With a burden we find a God-given vision for revival. With that perspective of who we are and a revelation of what we are called and enabled to do, we can move on in the Spirit to the actual accomplishment of God’s objective—the reality of building His Church!
Sadly, many good men and women have been left at the point of burden without ever arriving at the reality. The missing link is a real vision that bridges this gap. Having a strong desire to “do” is a good beginning, but knowing the “why” and the “how” of seeing it done is the catalyst in actually bringing it all to reality. Whether we are pastors of local churches, or regional or national leaders, let us all strive to ensure that those with whom we work can share in a God-given vision for this Great Commission. With that kind of vision, and with a holy burden that is never extinguished, we will see that Jesus really does want to do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Ephesians 3:20
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