Do you have a clear vision for this coming year?
“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist” (1 Corinthians 13:12 MSG).
For many of us, though we may not be naturally short-sighted, we have a severe case of spiritual nearsightedness. We have trouble seeing anything that isn’t right in front of us. We focus on our immediate circumstances but have no ability to look past them. Consequently, our vision of things to come is blurry at best.
Without a clear view of what actually counts, we are quickly distracted by lesser things in life. When that happens, our lives become ritualistic and fall into a routine. Life is not meant to be a drab experience, but rather an active, ongoing, enthusiastic response in worship to God for His work and worth in our lives.
No matter what’s going on, when you allow God to change your vantage point, His promises will shape your view. God says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God, the omniscient and omnipotent one, knows and has control of your yesterday, today, and all your tomorrows. He wants to reveal what lies ahead. But we must go to Him and tell Him, “Lord, I’m having trouble seeing clearly, help me see.” The enemy loves it when we try to figure things out on our own, but we always stop short of what God had planned? In Luke 12:15, Jesus said, “Life is not measured by how much one owns” (NCV). Don’t confuse your net worth with your self-worth. Don’t confuse your possessions with your position in Christ and your purpose. Don’t confuse what you’re living on with what you’re living for.
What are the five things you want to happen this coming year? Compare them to the things God been laying on your heart. He has much better planned for you. Seek His direction. If we don’t follow carefully, we will get lost.
What are your values? If you don’t know your values, you will start to live other people’s values for you. You parents values, the televisions values, your bosses values, but not your own and more importantly not the Bibles.