.:the vision||the mission:.

THE VISION

The vision is abandonment of self

Abandonment of sin

Abandonment of  house

Cars

Clothes

Mother

Father

Husband

Wife

Job

Dreams

Desires

Whatever it takes to see Him clearly

Whatever it takes to see Him fully

To see Him rightly

The Vision is Him

The Vision is GOD

The One to whom every knee of humanity will bow

Every tongue will be tamed and finally proclaim

“He is God!”

“He is King!”

He is not just a prophet

He is more than a teacher

He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God!

But how will they know unless they have heard?

How will they know unless they have seen?

He has declared us to be His witnesses!

He has given us the vision!

To help others see what we have been shown

We are the voices crying out in the wilderness

“Prepare the way for the Lord!”

With a mighty shout!

We will testify to that which we have heard

We will boldly proclaim all that we have seen

Mountains will crumble and plains will arise

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed for all to see!

Behold your God!

Behold, the Lord God comes with might!

Riding on the clouds

We will see Him and the fullness of His Kingdom come

It will be on earth as it is in heaven

The Kingdom unveiled

The curtain that was torn will be removed

No longer will we see in part

Never again will we stare through a mirror dimly

For He will give us eyes to see the vision fully

The vision is Him

The vision is GOD

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THE MISSION

This mission is not a trip

It doesn’t fit nicely into a weekend retreat

It refuses be called a service project

It won’t be checked, crossed, or marked off a list

It can’t be passed off to the “missionaries” and “radicals”

This mission will claim your life

It will consume every moment of your existence

It is entrusted to the engineer, the banker, the student

The stay-at-home mom, the lawyer, and the fast food worker

It doesn’t have preferences and it will not make exceptions

It is not a suggestion, question, invitation, or proposition

It is a command.

It is a life lived on purpose

Submitted wholeheartedly to the sovereign will of God

The call resounds,

“GO! Take the vision and run with it!”

To every co-worker, classmate, and family member

To the hopeless and broken

To the prideful and arrogant

Find the lost across the street and across the hall

Over deserts and seas

Through jungles and mountains

GO!

Baptize them!

Teach them!

Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age

Do not fear!

Do not be afraid!

Stand firm!

Be strong and very courageous!

As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you

Receive the Holy Spirit

I am the One who is with you

I am the One who is in you

I am the One who has overcome the world

This is the inheritance of the saints!

To receive the power and authority given by the Father

You are co-heirs with me, seated with me in heavenly places

This is who you are!

Now GO!

Throw off every hindrance, excuse, doubt, worry, and insecurity

Don’t let them entangle you any longer

He cannot profess himself to be my follower who does not go where I am leading

Enter through the narrow gate and follow the narrow way that leads to life

This is the road I have taken

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me

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