FIRST THINGS FIRST - VISION

First Things First – VISION
December 1, 2014 AOA
Vision
In Insights

Genesis 1:1-3 (NLT)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Being the opening post of this blog, I consider it apt to put first things first by starting off our amazing journey from ‘the beginning’. The account of creation is a very insightful portion of the Bible and I scarcely preach any sermon without visiting Genesis 1 along the way. In rules of Bible interpretation, the principle of first mention suggests that the first mention of a subject or doctrine in scriptures establishes an unchangeable pattern or the most dependable application of the concept in the mind of God. Therefore the account of how God systematically created the earth in Genesis 1 is the prototypical example of first mentions.

After God created the heavens and the earth and over the course of time, the heavens remained intact while the earth seemed to have come into a state of ruin. The earth had three problems which were formlessness, emptiness, and darkness. We see God faced with a seemingly unpromising situation and out of this formless, empty and dark earth, He started to recreate the earth as we know it today. There is however a methodical approach that God adapts as He embarks on His mission which gives us a blueprint to follow as we aim to build our lives into what God has intended it to become.

It is significant that God started out by solving the predicament of darkness saying ‘Let there be light’. It is puzzling yet insightful that God did not tackle the formlessness or emptiness of the earth until He had dealt with darkness. Darkness is not a phenomenon in itself; it is simply the absence of light. Light is a natural agent that stimulates sight, and on a more comprehensive scope, vision. Vision in its most basic definition is the ability to see. Vision is the picture you have today of what the future should look like. Just as human beings are tripartite in nature, there are three levels of vision: Physical vision which is the ability to see material things with the natural eyes, mental vision which is the power of imagination and foresight, usually required for leadership and life planning, and spiritual vision which is the ability to see through the eyes of the spirit. I will discuss the dynamics of the three classes of vision in more detail in a future post. By extension of these definitions, light is the bedrock on which vision can exist.

God is infinitely wise; He is called the only wise God in Romans 16:27 and Jude 1:25. Indeed, the Bible says in Psalm 104:24 that God created the heavens and the earth by wisdom. This implies that the God order of things is the wise way to build life. The infinitely wise God was faced with an earth that looked much like our lives look at the beginning; no structures, no substance and no light, and He decided the best place to start is by eradicating the problem that hinders vision. I believe God teaches us from the account of creation and gives a blueprint of sorts on how to go about building our lives. Proceeding on with life without clarity of vision will be reversing the God order of creation and we can expect to get results that are contrary to His in Genesis 1. Recall that everything God made was very good. His approach works.

Why does God do this? It is impossible to effectively build structures and substance in our lives when there is an absence of light. Light creates an environment that stimulates vision; formlessness and emptiness can only be addressed by building structures and substance that aligns with vision. I realize from conversation and observing our patterns that there is a grave deficiency of personal vision plaguing us today. We have been putting structures up and substance in the dark, hence we achieve little with much effort. We live in a time of constant activity and engagement which has led to the wrong assumption that activity implies progress. The most basic litmus test is that ‘visioneering’ is very deliberate therefore if you don’t recall ever taking the time to get clarity on your vision for the various areas of your life, you are most likely attempting to deal with formlessness and emptiness without addressing darkness. This leads to confusion, creates a void and a feeling of general and inexplicable discontentment. Do these sound familiar?

Vision guides structures, aligns activity, helps focus, creates a baseline, and improves efficiency. Ultimately, vision makes it easier to eradicate formlessness and emptiness. Naturally it is pretty straightforward to put structures and add substance when there is light and a blueprint to follow. A project executed in utter darkness will be plagued with a host of challenges such as significantly longer time to completion, work errors discovered only after completion, additional effort required, site injuries and overall inefficiency among others.

In every area of your life; career, business, ministry, family, etc., and before taking on new projects, take a step back and establish that there is a clear vision before continuing on with activities. I am certain that you will make significant progress going forward as i pray that your vision becomes clearer. Let’s put first things first by saying ‘Let there be light’. Let there be light in Jesus Name, Amen. Shalom.