The Vision that Captured your Affections

I’m a missionary kid. I recently read a letter to missionary kids posted on The Rebelution. As I read it, I was impressed with the fact that this message is not only for the children of missionaries. No, this message is for all who have been called by God. That is, it’s for all genuine believers.

Today I’m seconding the letter that I linked to above, and writing my own version of it:

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Dear Christian,

Do you remember when you answered the call to follow Christ? Do you remember when you put your dreams, pursuits, and life under His loving leadership? If you were too young and the memory too foggy, do you remember the time in your life when you were most enraptured by His glory?

Take some time with me down memory lane. Let’s revisit this most precious time in your life.

At some point, a vision compelled you to put your faith in Christ. I don’t mean a vision in the sense of a dream. I mean it in the sense that the eyes of your heart were opened to a clear and powerful understanding of God’s worthiness.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”

-Revelation 4:11

You grasped this vision so strongly that you were willing to repurpose your entire life. Sometimes you lose sight of it. I know I do. But every time you’ve returned it, your passion for the vision has been reignited with fresh fervor.

You know the worthiness of God to receive all imaginable glory and you yearn for that vision to be fulfilled. You know that the Good News of salvation for man results in God being glorified by His chosen people. You long for the vision to spread and for others to catch it.

Today I want to appeal to that blessed time when you were most strongly devoted to that vision. If you’ve lost sight of it, I want to stir you to grasp it again and to hold fast to it. (Sarah wrote about this in her most recent post)

There are lost people in your circles of influence and there are entire lost people groups around the world. These people are lost because they’ve never caught the vision, or perhaps never heard of it. Please don’t sit silently with the gospel.

Where there is no vision, the people perish:
but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

-Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

-John 8:12

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8 thoughts on “The Vision that Captured your Affections

  1. Great post, Jordy!
    Even if we don’t stand on a street corner and preach the gospel then we can still share it with those around us. We can through our actions and words… to our friends, neighbors, strangers and just those around us. We each have a circle of influence we can use to live out Christ.
    That was sweet of you to include a link of my post ;).
    Keep living for Him! 🙂

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    1. Yes, we each have our own circles of influence. Sometimes new people enter. But we also want to make sure our actions and words represent the Lord well because sometimes people will leave them or sometimes in new seasons the Lord will call us to totally different circles. Certainly, as you said, we don’t need to stand on a street corner and preach. Our message is lived out nonstop!

      Your most recent blog post was just so relevant, it was natural to include it. Actually, I was surprised (in a delighted way) to read it yesterday, knowing what I was preparing to post. 🙂

      Thanks for your comment, Sarah!

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  2. Jordy, your post is great reminder. It is so true. Often in my ministry He reminds me : This is what I called you to do, share my good nées. No matter what title our ministry has, it is spreading the gospel.

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    1. “No matter what title our ministry has, it is spreading the gospel.” Yes so true!! I’m increasingly impressed with how central the gospel is to our daily lives. What a privilege!

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  3. Recently, I’ve been reminded of the beauty of the Gospel – the amazingness of His Love. When I realize more and more how wonderful and holy He is, it sweeps me away. That He would love us, consider us His children, form us in His image. What a good, faithful God. He didn’t owe us anything, yet He gave it all. ❤ Thank you for refreshing that vision, dear friend.

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    1. If I could refresh that vision, it was Him doing it through me; I praise Him with you! Indeed, His glory and goodness are realities fit to sweep us away and cause us to fall in love with Him. He is soooo good. Thanks for commenting your encouragement, Hosanna, sweet friend!

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