“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

Perhaps the most powerful aspect of vision is that it changes your way of thinking, which in turn changes the way you live. An Olympic swimmer endures the long hours of staring at the bottom of a pool, day after day, because he is motivated by the vision of the gold medal to come. A mother endures the painful labor of childbirth because the vision of her newborn baby sustains her. A four-year-old endures the struggle to be a very good boy for another day because he or she is motivated by a vision of gifts at his birthday party.

Vision is a power that motivates us to do great things, give great things, and love at all times. Vision keeps us going when there doesn’t appear to be any other reason to keep pushing forward toward the goal. Vision is the ability to see beyond the surface of human potential.  It is not what we are, but what we desire to become.  Vision is a mental picture of a desired future. Our souls crave lives of purpose and significance that ultimately can only come from God. For where there is “no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).

Jesus endured the cross because of His vision — “the joy set before Him” (Hebrews 12:2).

Oswald Chambers says the thing that keeps us going for God, even when everything or everyone around us is tumbling and stumbling, is our vision of God, not our devotion to principles or our devotion to duty.   It is the vision of God before us, where we set our “minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2).  When our eyes are fixed upon His goodness, love and mercy, we can live beyond the confines of our current situation and fulfill the purpose He has for us.

Since before I was born, God has been at work, preparing the way for me to see Him more clearly.  As my vision of Him increases, so does my capacity to follow His voice in my life.  His call is not something unattainable—it is something He alone can empower me to fulfill.

Ask Jesus to give you a fresh vision of Him. Ask Him to show you how your purpose is an extension of His heart and mind. Then press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).

Mel Reddy is the Lead Pastor at The Sanctuary