From the Bible in the book of Proverbs we find this text…
“Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish and run unrestrained; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.” (Proverbs 29:18 Amplified Version)
I know this to be true. Without a vision we get lost and fall into routine. We wander aimlessly and in the passage of time life becomes tasteless and mundane. I look around the world and see this often; people living in pursuit of things that do not satisfy or bring contentment. That is not an inspired life.
There are amazing aspects of being a Christian. As a child, a son or daughter I am given a rich inheritance. I recognize this world is not my home but rather I am an alien and a stranger and my citizenship belongs to Christ and His Kingdom. Before Christ I was an exile or stranger to the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom was a foreign and distant land. Having stepped into a relationship, being reconciled to God my citizenship changes and now I become an exile in this world, longing for the consummation of the Kingdom of God in Christ Jesus.
This does not mean an unengaged posture with the world, not by any means for in Christ I am already in the Kingdom and part of my task is to see the Kingdom of God extend into this world, the reign of Christ expanding one heart, one life at a time. The benefits of this new identity are endless. Yet there is one today for which I am exceptionally grateful; In Christ I am given a compelling vision for life. Every minute of everyday has purpose. I have a task that has eternal implications. The world wants us to quantify our lives by what we own; the balance of our checkbook, the power we possess. There is nothing wrong with that even the scriptures teach us to be good stewards of things. But if that is all you have, if that is your understanding of what life is about you are selling yourself short.
Almighty God grants us a compelling vision, a reason to get out of bed each and everyday. We are to seek first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) The Kingdom and its King are the compelling reason for who we are and all we do. This is our noble quest to know Christ more and more each day because on this side of “glory” we discover life, love peace, comfort, strength, healing and purpose when Christ is our compelling vision.