Summary: Here is a message challenging the Christian to have a vision for our life...
This morning I would like to speak a message that I believe the Lord has placed upon my heart.
The message is entitled "Got Vision?"
On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.
About noon, O king, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions.
e all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’
“Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’
“ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied.
‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you.
“So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.
See Paul was on his way to do what he normally did. He was on his way to go persecute some Christians and try to get them to blaspheme God, when all of a sudden he had an encounter with the Lord Jesus.
As he was riding along the road, on his horse, Jesus appeared knocked him off his horse and asked why do you persecute me?
Paul asked who are who and the voice responded with I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. I have appeared to you for a specific reason and as we read in verse 16 the purpose was to appoint him as a servant and witness.
The thing that I like about Paul is that as soon as he had that encounter with Jesus and found out God's purpose for his life, he pursued that purpose with all his heart.
What was that purpose? That purpose was to be both a servant and a witness.
A servant to the body of Christ and a witness to a hurting and dying people.
Paul was given a ministry and a mission.
His ministry was what he did in the body of Christ and his mission was to impact a hurting people.
Now let's bring it to you and I. Just like Paul had an encounter with God I believe most of us if not all of us here have had an encounter with God.
We were living our life and going about our own business when all of a sudden someone witnessed to us, someone gave us a flyer, or God called us and we surrendered our lives to God.
Just like God appeared to Paul for a specific purpose and gave him a vision and a mission - God has appeared to you and I for a specific purpose and has a vision and mission for our lives.
The challenge for you and I is to find out what that purpose is.
Tell your neighbor you have a purpose.
The good thing about purpose is that is produces passion.
When you and I lack purpose it is very hard to have a passion, but when you and I have a purpose it gives us passion and that passion is what drives you and I to do what we do for God.
The word drive means to guide, to control, or to direct.
If it be a nail, a car, or a golf ball - if you are driving it - then you are guiding, controlling, or directing it at that moment.
You and I should be a people that are driven by the purpose and the plan that God has for our lives.
That vision that drives our lives, should be the purpose and plan that God has for our lives.
Ask your neighbor "Got Vision?"
What does vision do for our lives?
1) Having a vision gives meaning to our lives.
See when you and I have a goal and a vision for our lives, it gives our lives meaning. We know that we are not just here by accident or just here by mistake, but we know that God has a specific plan and a purpose for our lives.
We were placed here for a reason and our goal is to see that vision and mission come to pass.
Vision gives our lives meaning because it gives you and I something to shoot for. It gives us a goal for our life.
Living our life without a vision is like playing basketball with no hoop, you have nothing to shoot for.
Right now we are in the NBA playoffs and everyone is excited about seeing who is going to win.