Lutheran Home Association Blog

Day 22 of Lent: Vision

Posted on Tue, Apr 02, 2019

bridge-918677_1920Vision seems to be one of those buzzwords in our day and age.  It refers to people who are able to see the bigger picture and then verbalize a good idea of how a group or organization might function down the line.  There is no denying it that some people have tunnel vision or only look at the here and now and can’t visualize a future plan.  Today let’s talk about vision - Seeing where you are going – with God leading the way. 

That last little phrase adds so much.  God has certainly given different people different gifts and there are certainly those who have the gift of vision and can clearly see and lay out a plan for future direction.  But as we look at this from a Christian perspective, we always need to add - “with God leading the way”.  That is a clear testimony of our faith that no matter what humans might think or plan, God is ultimately in control.

Whether you have the gift of “vision” or not, Paul reminds us in our verse for today that we can all have spiritual vision -  “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength” (Ephesians 1:18-19).

Spiritual vision sees God working in our lives, no matter what the circumstances are.  Even more than that, spiritual vision sees our ultimate “inheritance” – our eternal home in heaven.  That is a vision which each of us can get on board with.

If you have the gift of “vision” on earth, please use it for the good of others.  No matter what, keep in focus the spiritual vision we all have of God’s plans here and the eternal plans he has clearly laid out for us in heaven!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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