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The Value of Focused Vision

Pastor Bobby Gray

Solid Rock Worship Center

11862 Shaner Avenue NE, Cedar Springs

(Office) 616.696.1900  

www.MySolidRock.CHURCH | FaceBook.com/MySRWC

What makes a great team in church work? Some say it takes a great leader; but without strong workers, the leader can only do so much. Some would say you need a great music team; but without a great outreach team, the music team will have no one to sing to. Another may insist, it’s all on the prayer team; but the church still needs some follow-through to be great.

It’s never just one ministry. It will be a mixture of strategies possessing a few common ingredients. The leaders and workers will learn how to triumph together. Not every church will do it the same, but they can have some dependable characteristics that will cause their church to grow and experience revival.

One characteristic is vision. It can’t be just words on a website or business card. I’m talking about a God-stimulated idea, something that moves the church out of its comfort zone. What is a vision? A vision is a God-inspired idea that causes the church to dream of what could be.

Vision is so important to a church leader. It should remain clear and simple. Don’t clutter your vision with too much busywork. Have a strong focus on a limited set of intentions. Do a few things with great intensity and high excellence. Be specific, choosy, and focused. The apostle Paul demonstrated his focus when he said, “But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). This kind of focus will cause us to realize that God is doing something special with us.

In Luke 10, Martha complained to Jesus about having no one to help her with her chores in preparing for Him. Jesus said, “Martha, Martha . . . one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part” (Luke 10:41-42). Sometimes we try to do everything and wind up not doing it to the best of our abilities. Let’s increase our focus and do our vision well.

When Nehemiah was rebuilding the broken-down wall of Jerusalem, Sanballet and Geshem wanted to meet with him to stop his momentum. Nehemiah’s answer is classic, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down” (Nehemiah 6:3). He refused to be distracted or disturbed. The vision must be the guiding force for the church or ministry. The vision is a picture of the chosen destiny. It is the church’s designed future. The vision gives direction. Without vision, we perish (see Proverbs 29:18).

Three elements of vision:

It Must Be PRECISE: If people can’t remember the vision, they will never catch it!

It Must Be MANAGEABLE: People should be able to communicate it to others in less than a minute.

It Must Be INCENDIARY: Ignite a fire of passion that moves people. It should burn in the heart but be too big to do on our own. The vision should cause growth in our spirit.

A vision that captures the church will have people who give their life to it. They are saying, “Give me a vision to die for and I will not miss coming to church. Give me a vision worth living for and I’ll get involved in it.” Everyone wants to be a part of something that is making a difference. The clearer your vision, the easier it is to do what Jesus called you to do.

Remember, good is the enemy of best. When you increase your focus, you decrease your options. Greater concentration equals higher power. As Christians, let’s seek Jesus! Let’s hear and see His vision so clearly that we are overwhelmed by it. Let it consume us to the point that it spills out in everything we do!

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