The Critical Importance of Vision
“So he said, ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’”(Acts 9:6 NKJV)
Two Men named Marx and Engels authored The Communist Manifesto. For years after their book had been written the membership in the Communist Party was meager. When a man named Lenin appeared on the scene he wrote a very short pamphlet entitled “What Is to Be Done?” His thesis was that if you read the book authored by Marx and Engels and then look at the world, what do you think should be done by those who truly believe what they wrote? Until the collapse of the “Iron Curtain” there were a billion people under the control of the Communist Party.
During the height of what we called “The Cold War,” for at least a decade I was obsessed with this question: “As a devout follower of Jesus Christ why not write a short booklet entitled ‘What Is to Be Done?’ by those who believe the Bible and then look at the world?” I asked many of the spiritual heavyweights I met this question. The best answer I received was from a man I highly respected. He told me that no one could write that booklet for everyone. Each individual disciple of Jesus needs to write his own booklet by asking the question the Apostle Paul asked the risen Christ on the road to Damascus which is quoted above.
The way we each receive the answers to that question from the Lord could be called our personal vision statement. Sadly, so many followers of Jesus do not have a personal vision statement. I challenge you to work out your own personal vision statement by asking the risen Christ, “Lord, what do you want me to do?”