Joining The Vision
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.” – Proverbs 29:18-19
Everyone seems to know the beginning of verse 18, but how many follow it up with the insight gained in verse 19? Here we find a “servant” (in Hebrew, ebed) that may say he is sorry when he fails to do what is commanded, but who never seems to genuinely change in his attitude and actions. He is simply a servant that is never really joined with his master in the same vision. He that keeps the law, however, is happy because he knows why he is doing what he is doing!
Perhaps this is why Jesus used the well-known words in John 15:15, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” There is a huge difference in the words “doulos” (servant) and “philos” (friend.) One tries to do what he is told. The other understands the “why” behind the commandment.
At some point, the vision that the Lord wants to give us for leading the revival must become ours. It gives us purpose and it gives us certain direction. It becomes a foundation on which we can build the work that we do in the Kingdom. It is our vision and it will encompass our goals, our hopes, our faith, and our dedication. It is a vision that is predicated upon truth, holiness, and the will of God for our individual lives. Paul put it this way in Philippians 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
Speaking of his own vision in Acts 20:22-24, Paul told the elders from Ephesus, “And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Paul’s sincere desire to get to the great city of Rome would first take him back to Jerusalem where he would be arrested, tried, and convicted. But it would be through that condemnation that he would have the opportunity to appeal to Caesar and find his chance to go to Rome and preach the gospel. It would not be enough that someone might go in his place—this was Paul’s own vision and the will of God for his life. No wonder then that nothing else could move him from his steadfastness and ardent zeal concerning the work of the Lord. To some, Jerusalem meant bonds and afflictions for Paul. For him, it meant liberty and grace in greater and greater measure. He had heard the voice of his friend, Jesus, and he would gladly obey because he shared in the vision of the Master.
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