In the late 18th century, William Wilburforce dreamed of a time when the slave trade would be no more. He began the campaign to have the “Abolition of the Slave Trade Act” passed by the British Parliament in 1787. For 20 years he lobbied for the day when slaves would no longer be bought and sold like farm animals. In 1807 that driving passion finally became a reality, which in turn led to the total abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1833…decades before it happened here in the United States after a bloody Civil War.
Vision matters…because without it, great things like the abolition of the slave trade in England would never happen how and when they do. Vision matters…because as the writer of Proverbs 29 tells us, “…where there is no vision, the people perish.” And vision definitely matters in the church because it is the gathered people of God…and when it comes to being the people of God…it’s about God’s vision, not ours! Click here to listen to more (January 3 sermon).
As you begin this New Year, God’s vision of what you are to do and be matters tremendously? If you haven’t taken time to listen for God’s vision for your life, I encourage you to do so. Listen for God in silence, prayer, the Bible, and in what others have to share with you.
Having done that over the last several months here with the Ozark United Methodist Church, we’ve started this New Year off with God’s new vision for our church. That vision is: “Becoming more deeply connected with God and with our community, so that we can better reach those not currently connected with Christ and the church.”
God’s vision matters…for my life, for yours, and for the life of our church! And I’m excited about the great things that lie ahead for all of us in that vision!
Your partner on the journey,