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Capturing a vision for the ultimate purpose of life

“Where there is no vision the people perish.” (KJV)
“Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint.” (ESV)
“Where there is no word from God the people are uncontrolled.” (EXB)
Proverbs 29:18

vision: ´vizh-an\ n: The power of perceiving something not actually present to the naked eye.

For believers in Christ, vision comes from:

  1. the inerrant Word of God, through…
  2. the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit in concert with…
  3. Prayer.
To grasp the fullness of God’s sovereign plan for our lives, one must have an ever-consuming biblical vision for the purpose of life. For where there is an improper view of the purpose of life…

  1. there will be a distorted order of priorities. And, where there is a distorted order of priorities…
  2. there will be friendship with the world. And, where there is friendship with the world…
  3. there will be enmity with God.

These truths are confirmed by James 4:4… “Don’t you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?”

This is the challenge for every believer, “Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”1 So for the Christian, it is imperative that we have established this issue of having a biblically grounded vision for life and ministry. Without this, we’ll be “swimming upstream,” succumbing to every fiction appealing to the flesh.

For example, Napoleon Hill in his book (Think and Grow Rich) developed the thesis:

“Whatever the mind can conceive,
whatever I can believe,
I can achieve.”

Notice, this is a totally self-centered mindset. Tragically, too many Christians have bought into this self-serving philosophy so that the Church is in dire need of cleansing from on High. Dr. David Wells, author of No Place for Truth, has stated quite eloquently: ”What has been lost in this postmodern culture is a transcendent vision that is larger than life.”

Below, you will find a graphic portrayal of what God intends the Christian life to be. This divine plan should be so memorized and meditated upon by us that the Spirit of Christ inscribes it across the tablet of our hearts.


A detailed explanation of the above graphic may be found in our book: “Developing Your Secret Closet of Prayer with STUDY GUIDE.” This is so critical to our spiritual growth that we have spent two chapters focusing on the “The Ultimate Purpose of Life” (both the “vertical” and “horizontal” dimensions of life).

The book may be purchased from Amazon.com.

1 Romans 12:2

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