Two Powerful Concepts
Jeremiah 1 verses 5-7 NIV
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
“Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”
“But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD”
From Jeremiah 1 verses 5-19 emerge two powerful provocative concepts. These concepts apply to any area of life’s issues we face. These two concepts are very much interwoven with one’s vision for life.
These two concepts are:
(1) The big picture (Jeremiah 1 verse 5) and,
(2) The details (Jeremiah 1 verses 7-19).
Many pursue their vision for life from their perception of the big picture and of what they want accomplished. This is where the problem lies. You see, the strategy to fulfilling any vision does not emerge from the big picture. The reason is, the big picture is a generalization of what you want accomplished – an overall agenda. So while you focus on the big picture, do not forget to follow your God-given details or instruction.
Possessing a vision is one thing, understanding how it works is another thing entirely. It is possible to “catch” a vision but not know how to implement what is caught. Below is a simple outlined teaching on how to implement a vision.
Aspects of Vision to consider:
1. The Big Picture
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, Before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5, NIV.
The big picture here is the call of God on Jeremiah’s life and the overall scope it would cover.
If you were to ask Jeremiah what he could “see” about his future he would say, “I was born to affect nations with a prophetic voice representing Jehovah God!”
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God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.” Genesis 6:12-13, NIV.
The big picture here is the extent of judgment that was about to come upon the earth.
If you asked Noah what he could “see” he would say, “judgment is coming!”
The big picture is the overall agenda, also known as vision.
Note: Many mistakenly forge ahead or even get overwhelmed by the size of their visions because they don’t know how to get them to come to pass.
2. The Details
Don’t ever run with the big picture WITHOUT the details!
When you take a long trip out to where you have never been before, you pull out a map!
Jeremiah was given the big picture, but he also got details (see Jeremiah 1:9-19). Noah was also given a big picture, and he too was given details (see Genesis 6:14-15).
This is the strategy to fulfilling any vision. It involves specific details to accomplish your goal in your field of endeavor.
The strategy to fulfilling any vision is NOT in the big picture, it is in the details.
Details equal strategy.
Your victory is in your strategy.
The walls of Jericho fell because Joshua and his ministry team followed specific details God had outlined for them.
Is it your academics, business, marriage, ministry, or politics that is posing some measure of difficulty? Your vision requires a strategy.
Essential Components for a healthy Vision
You need to be able to identify and describe your vision using the following components:
Core Values: motives, convictions. Your core values may be different from others. It is the guiding principle or moral compass that fuels your vision.
Vision: The big picture: It is what you see. God’s vision for your life does not change, however, over the course of life your understanding of that vision will. (See Phillipians 3:12-15).
Mission: The path required to fulfill a vision. It is what you or your organization exist to do (that is, the reason or purpose). Ask yourself, “why do I exist as an individual or organization?”
Strategy (details): This involves your approach to accomplishing your vision.
Objectives: this involves what you aim to accomplish.
Goals: These are your plans with deadlines.
Action Plan: a detailed plan that enables you to execute your vision.
After all is said ALL HAS TO BE DONE! There is no reason to have a vision if you are not going to carry it out!
People will notice you when they realize you have a plan for what you do and where you are going.
“When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Habakkuk 2: 1-2:
I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
EXAMPLE: There was an evangelist who had a well written out vision plan. He had the opportunity to meet a well-known minister. The minister was so impressed with the way the young evangelist had laid out his vision. The result? The evangelist received major financial support for an evangelistic outreach overseas.
A CALL TO ACTION
3. Positively Position yourself
4. Perform what you prayed, planned, and positioned yourself to attain.
Based on book,
The Vision Guided Life: God's Strategy for Fulfilling Your Destiny: Order: Click here