“Where there is no vision, the people perish:” Proverbs 29:18
All over our nation there are Christians who have a vision for what they will do for God in the future. Bible college students sit in seminary and have a vision for what God will have them do when they graduate. Christian schools are full of high school students who have a vision for what God will do with them in the future. Missionaries on deputation have a vision of what God will do with them on the field. Young men have a vision of how God will use them as assistant pastors, and assistant pastors have visions of how God will use them as pastors.
On the surface, the paragraph above sounds like a good thing. However, it is when we stop with this that problems arise. While we are so busy having a vision of what God will do tomorrow, the world around us is literally going to Hell today.
I am currently an assistant pastor at Lincoln Baptist Church. Among my duties as the assistant pastor are being the youth pastor, the bus director, and the music coordinator. Someday I hope to pastor. However, I do not have time to sit and dwell on my vision of being a pastor someday, for I am an assistant pastor now. The vision at the forefront of my mind is wrapped up in my duties as an assistant pastor. Why? Because this is where God has put me, and this is what he has asked me to do. I don’t have time to daydream about being a pastor someday; I have teenagers who need my attention. I have bus programs to put together. I have music schedules and practices that need to be constructed. I don’t have time to focus on the tomorrow because there are people and ministries that need my attention today. If I am always dreaming about tomorrow, then I will win fewer souls today. If I am always dreaming about tomorrow, then my teenagers won’t think I care about them today. If I am always dreaming about tomorrow, then my bus ministry will be dead today. If I am always dreaming about tomorrow, then my music ministry will be awful today.
America needs young men who will stop dreaming about what they will do tomorrow, but rather throw themselves into what God has given them to do today. Bus Captain, God, has given you a bus route, don’t focus on your vision for tomorrow, but have a vision for your bus route today. Young preacher, God has given you a nursing home to preach in. Don’t focus on preaching to hundreds of people tomorrow, but have a vision of preaching to twenty people today. Don’t let your vision for tomorrow destroy your vision for today.
Young man, the people you are working with today in the ministry which you work are real. The people in the city where God has placed you are real people. These are not plastic toys on a practice field for greater things to come. These are real people, with real souls and real problems that need your help! They are starving for a man of God who is willing to put down his vision for the future, and pick up their problem of today. God did not call you for tomorrow, but he called you for today. He didn’t put you in the wrong place, but rather where He needed you. He did not intend for this to be your practice field, but rather your mission field. He did not put you here simply for experience sake, but so that you could make an impact in the lives of the people around. Please. Don’t let your vision of tomorrow destroy your vision for today!
“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” -John Wesley