Where there is no vision the people perish. Proverbs 29:18
I don’t think I need to present you with the figures of pastoral dropout, or give the number of those who left the mission field, or give the percentage of youth leaving the church. It is obvious that the modern church needs a proper vision. As proverbs says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” It is interesting to note that many secular organizations recognize the importance of having a vision. Many business executives present the goals of a company at the beginning of a new fiscal year, and we are all familiar with the President’s state of the union address. These presentations may often seem like mindless talk, but they do serve a purpose. They unify the business or country and provide direction.
The church in many ways, has lost it’s direction. Christ may be the focus of our Sunday morning service, but for most of us He is not the focus of our lives. We lack the devotion and dedication to Christ that His great sacrifice is worthy of. May I submit to you that we have failed to humble ourselves, because we have lost our vision of the awesomeness of God. We have failed to pray, because we have viewed ourselves as capable to act without his assistance. And we have failed to seek Him, because we have viewed the meaningless distractions of this world to be of more value than a relationship with our precious Savior.
I’m far from perfect. And I am most definitely preaching to myself right now. But I would like to say that we need to reevaluate our lives. Let us call upon God to give us the direction He wants us to have, and the vision he wants us to see.