If you don’t know your purpose then you it’s hard to know your mission and create your vision plan.
Purpose. Mission. Vision.
Your purpose is why God put you on the earth. Your mission is the work or the assignment you are called to do to fulfill your purpose. Your vision is a clear picture and plan of how you will do the work to fulfill the mission to fulfill the purpose for which you were born.
This year is coming to an end, and another is about to begin. Ever year around this time I start preparing to do my vision board. Unlike most vision board gatherings or guides the Lord showed me how to do it His way, first seeking Him to find out what His will is for this season of my life to get a vision for how I can work in agreement with His plan and purpose to see if fulfilled.
The world’s definitions of vision, mission and purpose are very different from Christians.
Some time ago when I first heard about vision boards I almost bought into their way of thinking: how I can make my life better and fulfill all my hearts desires through my own efforts and my own plans alone. But as I was having these thoughts I realized that this way of thinking leaves God out.
The Bible says we have been bought with a price, Jesus’ precious blood. We are God’s and not our own.
“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them,” Ephesians 2:10.
Since God already prepared works for each one of us we should find out what those works are and not look to create works unto ourselves.
Jeremiah was a prophet of God in the Old Testament. He did not pick his calling. God did.
Jeremiah 1:4-8 records their conversation, “Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’ Then said I: ‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.’ But the LORD said to me: ‘Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,’ says the LORD”.
Many times it takes for us to find out the hard way that God’s plan is better than ours.
At first Jeremiah was afraid of the Lord’s plan. It may have seemed too hard but he soon saw that God’s plan was better than his. Not only that but he realized that outside of God’s plan there is no peace.
Sometimes I find myself wanting to do things my way and forsake God’s plan.
I have to stop myself because I know that the Lord has a plan for me and it is only in His plan that I will find rest and soul peace.
Jesus said, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul,” Mark 8:35-37.
Don’t think this means God’ doesn’t want you to be happy or He isn’t concerned about you.
He will give us the desires of our hearts as long as the are in line with His will. He wants us to live an abundant and blessed life.
Beloved, as this year comes to a close and we prepare for the new one to begin, my prayer for you and me is simply this: that we would not seek after our own dreams but be willing to take the time to find out what God’s plans are for us. If He has already revealed His plans to you then you seek Him for vision. If you don’t know His will for your life yet you can inquire of Him through prayer.
Soon I will be sending out an invite for my vision board party. It’s good to seek God in prayer before you doing your board. You can get a copy of my 21 Day Going Deeper with God Prayer Workbook if you need help creating time and space to seek Him and hear Him speak.