Signs of God’s Vision
The vision of the church comes when we know first who God is and what God’s purpose is as revealed in the Bible. The vision becomes reality when we follow where God is leading and join in what God is doing in the life of the church “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to God’s good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13).
The people of God in the Bible saw the signs of God’s vision in little things. Boy David saw the power of God working in five stones when he fought with a giant Philistine warrior. He said, “it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:47). Elijah prayed to God for rain when drought lasted three years. He saw clouds as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea and told the King of Israel to prepare for heavy rain (1 Kings 18:41-46).
Prophet Micah saw the small town of Bethlehem where the ruler of Israel would come. (Micah 5:2). Prophet Isaiah saw the birth of a child as the sign of mighty power of the messianic vision (Isaiah 9:6).
A small mustard seed is the sign of the power of the kingdom of God (Matthew 13:32). Five loaves of bread and two fish is the sign of the overflowing and multiplying blessing of God that fed more than five thousand people. (Matthew 14:13-21). Little children are a sign of the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:14).
St Paul church has prayerfully walked through “The Vision Process’ 2018,” meditating on the word of God, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”(Isaiah 43:19). We began with “Bible Reading Plan 2018,” a congregation- wide plan for reading through the Bible in a year, focused on knowing God, and knowing God’s purpose revealed in the Bible. Our weekly sermon passage was picked from weekly reading. “Journey to the Promised Land,” came next for small group Bible study and taskforce leadership team under the direction of our coach. The leadership team has met by three phase helping St Paul church discern God’s vision, and developing a vision statement and action plan.
As we are coming to the season of Advent/ Christmas, and to a New Year, we are diligently seeking God’s vision in the life of St Paul church, asking what God would bring forth to accomplish the purpose and goal that God has in mind. How do we know God is working through us? With open heart and open mind, we pray, “Lord, open our spiritual eyes and ears so that we can see how you are working through us for your purpose.” Then we will see the signs of God’s vision around us.