“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 Vision is a big deal. Having vision for your life is important. Volumes of books have been written and an entire industry has been built upon teaching people and companies how to create vision. We are told that if we have a vision we can accomplish great things and that without a vision we or our companies will flounder about in mediocrity or worse. All of these sentiments seem consistent with the proverb.
The people who built the tower of Babel had a vision and succeeded. Peter had a vision for Jesus and was rebuked for not understanding. Judas was thought to have a vision for Jesus to command the armies of heaven and overthrow the government and restore God’s kingdom in Israel. But Judas missed it. He missed the only vision that mattered. God’s vision.
It is not vision itself that makes a difference. The wrong vision can be destructive. Most of us are unaware of how insidiously self-centered we are. We are blissfully unaware that we operate as though the world revolves around us. We cast vision based on what we want and what we need. This is a dangerous practice–even if the vision is good or godly. It was catastrophic for the people who built the tower. It was terminal for Judas.
Matthew 7:21 says “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? ’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness. This passage mystifies us because we think that any good vision is good enough and that everything that is godly is authorized. But Jesus is interested in something more.
God’s vision is the only vision that counts. Even better is having a vision of God. A vision of who God is. John 14:21 says Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. Jesus wants us to know him. To see him. He wants to give us a vision of who he is. Our part is to seek it with everything that is within us. The vision of who Jesus is will shake us to the core and give us all the direction we will ever need.
When we see him for who he is, his incomprehensible love, incomparable beauty, and inconceivable glory and kindness will ruin us for any ordinary human vision.