August 10  True vision is unselfish

Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Vision Is Unselfish True vision is unselfish. Its purpose is to bring God’s kingdom on earth and turn people to Him. A vision should always focus on helping humanity or building up others in some way.

First, this means that God will never have you pursue your vision at the expense of your family. A beloved friend of mine went to a conference where a supposed prophet spoke to him about what God wanted for his life. He came to me and asked, “Did you hear what the prophet said? What do you think?” I replied, “Well, let’s pray over that prophecy. Let’s take our time, get counsel, and find God’s will on it.” However, the next time I heard from him, he had already set up a plan to fulfill this prophecy. He went to another country, leaving behind a confused and angry family. Was this really God’s purpose?

There are instances when family members will agree to be apart for a time to serve a certain purpose. Moreover, your family will not always understand or support your dream. Yet pursuing it shouldn’t destroy their lives. Vision should always be accompanied by compassion.

Second, a true vision will not take the form of building a big business just so you can have millions of dollars for expensive homes and cars. These things may be goals, but they are not vision—in fact, they are probably selfish ambition because

they build your kingdom rather than God’s kingdom. Your vision might well involve making a large amount of money. The difference, however, is in your motivation and attitude. You need to treat your finances as a resource God has provided to fulfill your vision, not as a tool to fill your life with luxuries.

Prayer: Father, I know that You want me to pursue my life’s dreams with compassion for others. Please keep me from selfish motives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: Vision’s purpose is to bring about God’s kingdom on earth.

Reading: Psalm 79–80; Romans 11:1–18

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