Notes of Praise: March
The Fulfillment of a Vision
It has been a pleasure to see God at work in Park Place Baptist Church. God is beginning a to show His Vision for the church. Pastor Tom is faithfully leading the church in an exciting direction to connect the people of the community to Christ and God is beginning to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle. The development of faith in God’s people is always a the top of His list.
For the last two months I have shared an article about The Birth, Death, and Fulfillment of a Vision, three aspects of the ways of God. The Fulfillment is the last stage in God’s plan.
With the death of a vision, one can easily become discouraged. However, discouragement should not be the end of the story. When we see no possibility for the vision to be fulfilled, we can cry out to God for intervention to make the impossible a reality.
If the vision is God’s to begin with, He will carry out His purposes and plans. (See Philippians 1:6, Ephesians 2:10, and Philippians 2:13.) Wait on Him, trust in Him, and walk in obedience to His direction. Even though times of waiting can be painful, we must not give in to the temptation to give up on God’s vision for our lives. (See Hebrews 10:35–38.)
In Abraham’s life, God worked supernaturally to fulfill His promises. He restated His vision to Abraham. “God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife …. I will bless her and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her” (Genesis 17:15–16). After years of waiting, God gave Abraham a son by Sarah, even in their old age, so that he became the father of a great nation.
God is more concerned about what happens in us than what happens to us. He wants us to be conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. He knows if He can build the character of Christ within our lives (Christ formed in us), then He can accomplish greater things through our lives.
As we experience the birth, death, and fulfillment of a vision, we can learn to understand God more deeply and develop more of the character of Christ. Thus, God equips us to fulfill His calling in our lives. (See Romans 5:3–5 and 8:28–29.) When the vi-sion is fulfilled, we will be better equipped to demonstrate genuine love to others, encouraging them also to develop the character of Christ.
On pages 149–150 of the Basic Seminar Text-book, read about other people in Scripture who experienced the death of a vision.
Joyful in Jesus,