Do You Have a Vision?
Before Zella and I met, I was engaged to another lady. (That is another story ~ with a happy ending ~ Zella ~ for another day. Ha!) While I was engaged to that lady, my Dad suggested that I build a house there on the farm. Since I was in ministry and would probably be moving on someday, he offered to give me what I had financially in the house when that day came. He said that situation would be better than throwing away rent money. I took Dad up on that offer. We started building a basement house with plans to build the first floor later. We were almost finished with the house when my engagement broke off on Monday evening before the wedding that following Saturday. (Wow! That was a close one!) Once the engagement broke, we did not work on the house for several weeks. It was like the rug had been pulled out from underneath us. There was no reason to finish the house; no purpose to continue. The same is true without a vision. When there is no vision, there is no purpose. Where there is no vision, there is no goal. Where there is no vision, there is no direction. Where there is no vision, there is no energy and no vitality.
Having a vision for the church is necessary. A vision provides a picture of where we are going. A vision provides a standard for making decisions. A vision provides strength to encounter the difficult times that come along. A vision provides energy, vitality, and purpose. So, what is our vision here at Tates Creek Christian Church? Our vision simply states, “Connecting people to Jesus!” That vision captures the heart of Jesus. Jesus said, “I have come to seek and to save that which was lost” Luke 19:10. That is our vision, goal, and purpose! That is our vision as a church! That is our vision as an individual Christian! That is our vision for our marriage! That is our vision for our Sunday School Class or Small Group! We are like a link in a chain with one hand holding on to the hand of Jesus and the other hand reaching out to people who do not have a relationship with Him!
During the month of April, our sermons will address this worthy vision, “Connecting people to Jesus!” We will examine the practical ways of implementing this vision in our personal lives, our marriage, and in the church! If, at the end of our lives, the only thing we have accomplished with our lives was to bring one person to Jesus, life will have been very well worth the living!