The Lord has declared, for our congregation, that 2015 is the Year of Vision. At least two major blessings will flow from the Lord to and through us in the midst of this year. First, He wants us to see His Persona, His plans, His purposes, His provisions, and His power more clearly than ever before. Like the blind man outside of Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26), our eyes need a second touch, so that we can see things—especially the Lord’s face—absolutely clearly. Secondly, the Lord wants to bring this congregation together more tightly than ever before as we share together the Lord’s Vision. With a unifying vision and the assurance that it is from Father, we can trust God and each other to go places in the Kingdom and move forward as the Kingdom like never before. This will be a very exciting year!
Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18). Literally, the word vision means revelation, divine guidance, and prophetic vision. Unless we see things from God’s perspective, we die—or at very least run wildly astray. But with His revelational vision and guidance, we see clearly what brings life and meaning. The passage continues, but whoever obeys the law is joyful. When we see with God’s eyes and choose to obey Him… True joy abounds!
Like the man in Mark 8, we are currently able to see, but not as clearly as the Lord desires. At first touch, that man saw people in such a cloudy way that they looked like trees. As the Lord touched him a second time, everything came into focus. There are people around us—in our homes and neighborhoods and in our congregation—that we are not seeing as clearly and as beautifully as the Lord desires. We need a second touch! We need our vision fully restored! We need to see others as the Lord sees them… We need to see Jesus absolutely clearly! This is precisely what the Lord is promising to do for us in 2015 as we allow Him to touch us again…!
But there is more. As a people, a congregation, we are in need of revelation and Divine insight to bring us together and keep us on the right path so that we can discover Godly joy as a community—joy that is precious and powerful. This, too, is the promise of the Lord to us in 2015. I won’t be able to tell you what all this means now, but I believe we will have a congregational testimony by the end of 2015 that will be astounding!
The Lord has already touched us to see the necessity of true Spirit-led Worship, the glory of hearing the Word daily with journaling, and the transforming power of biblical Life Groups. We are already a congregation that Loves God and neighbor in Worship, Word, and Life Groups. I can only imagine what this will look like, however, after the Lord touches our eyes and hearts in this year we call 2015! We will collectively see His wisdom—His beautiful face and His transforming touch—more clearly than we can even imagine now. This is going to be a great year!!
So let’s praise God for His declaration that as First Church, 2015 is the Year of Vision!