Monday, April 9, 2012
How Great Is Your Vision?
2Cor. 9:6 ¶ The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
It's Monday morning, and Easter is now over. We've had a great time of celebrating the entire season leading up to Easter yesterday and now -- now what? As we walk in the power and presence of God's Holy Spirit, he leads us to things beyond our imagination. We are to move forward in God's confidence that he wants to do great and mighty things here on this earth. He is encouraging us to join him in this venture. We are not supposed to sow sparingly, but rather, we are to sow generously and then leave the results up to God.
I think there is fear involved in sowing bountifully. On a personal level, how much am I willing to open myself up to others so that I may sow seeds in them? Often that requires an openness and transparency on my part, to be willing to make myself vulnerable to planting a seed. That is the real point of it, isn't it? Making ourselves vulnerable! Who really wants to do that? When we plant seeds, not only do we have to put down our guard to become vulnerable, but we also open ourselves up to failure. Who wants to fail? If we were honest with ourselves, we'd say that we don't want to fail! But when people are afraid of failure, they sow sparingly. The result is reaping sparingly.
Somehow I believe that God is calling us to a greater vision of what he wants to accomplish here on this earth. He's asking us to place our vulnerability into his hands. Be willing to to allow him to give us a greater vision than we have ever had before. Allow him to help us to step out in faith to accomplish things with him that we have never accomplished before. Put ourselves out there -- offering ourselves as living sacrifices for his will and purposes on this earth. Sow with everything that we have and then see what God wants to do with the results.
Our fear of failure needs to be removed! Our fear of not having enough for ourselves -- needs to be crucified. Ultimately, it boils down to complete and total trust in God on high for all things in life -- personally, and for his kingdom. What is your vision for the kingdom? Is it his vision? Are you willing to step out in faith with him? Yesterday was Sunday -- but today is Monday and we must continue to move forward.
Lord, please help me to continue to move forward with you in faith, toward the vision to which you have called us. Amen.