The Vision

Nehemiah 2:6-8 (ESV) –  6 And the king said to me (the queen sitting beside him), “How long will you be gone, and when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me when I had given him a time. 7 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, 8 and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of  the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.

In the three months or so that Nehemiah spent in prayer before making his request known to the king he obviously done some strategic thinking and planning. God has burdened his heart (2:12) to rebuild the walls and in the place of prayer he strategized his first steps to fulfil that God-given VISION.

Jesus cast a vision in the end of Matthew’s Gospel; He told the disciples to GO and make disciples of all nations. Wow! When they heard those words I’m sure they thought to themselves how on earth that would be possible! Jesus wasn’t asking them an easy thing here! It was an impossible task! It was too big! They were only a few and the world was a massive place – much bigger than the small world we live in today with all social media, 24 hour news, etc we have access to.    

Jesus said at the end of this Great Commission command that He would be with them even to the end of time. He told the disciples on another occasion that they would receive power to be a witness to the amazing Gospel. Look what happened!? Today the church continues to grow throughout the world. Jesus vision for the church is coming to pass as lives are transformed around the globe.

Back to Nehemiah – his vision was to rebuild the walls and he thought long and hard on what that would look like. I firmly believe that his plans came in the times of prayer. So, he asks the king for protection as he travels to Jerusalem and for timber to help with the rebuilding efforts. His deliberate planning is now taking action and the ball is rolling.

Without vision Nehemiah wouldn’t be planning and the walls would remain rubble. Vision is vitally important and any vision we might come up with must be birthed in the place of prayer as well as dovetailing alongside Jesus’ vision for His church. Just as God laid it on the heart of Nehemiah to rebuild, the Great Commission Jesus gave has passed down to us and so we are to GO into world to make disciples.

How we do that may vary from country to country and even from town to town, but, the vision should always tie in to His vision. In Brookeborough we have a vision and it isn’t complicated or filled with fancy words. It is simple, to the point and dovetails with Jesus vision. We aim to impact Fermanagh and beyond with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I told you it was simple, but, just like the vision Jesus presented to his disciples or that God laid on Nehemiah’s heart, it is impossible for us to achieve on our own. We don’t have vast amounts of money in the bank, we don’t have the best preachers (or bloggers!) and we don’t have masses of volunteers or staff. This simple vision is impossible for us to do, but then we don’t want to insult God with a puny vision that we could achieve on our own. We are looking for God to do the impossible through us! We are ordinary, but boy I know a God who CAN do something EXTRAordinary and because of this we will make a nuclear sized impact in Fermanagh with the Gospel – all for HIS fame and HIS glory.

God bless,

Gavin