My mornings are best when they begin with Jesus, prayer, and coffee. (Ok, a hot shower helps a lot too). I have been drawn to the topic of prayer since I was in high school. The mystery of the Creator of the Universe being interested in talking to me is mind-boggling.
That I can have an audience with my King, Jesus, is too much to comprehend.
Prayer is an invitation to sit at the feet of Jesus as Mary of Bethany did and to stay connected with him in constant conversation as we move through our day.
I have recently been reading a book by Pete Greig entitled “Dirty Glory”. It is a phenomenal book that calls us to earnest prayer. It was about 15 years ago that I was introduced to Pete Greig’s writing when I read his book “The Vision and The Vow”. As his present book impacts me, I am reminded of the profound impact his book had on me back then.
So this guy comes up to me and says:
“What’s the vision? What’s the big idea?”
I open my mouth, and words come out like this:
The vision is JESUS –
obsessively, dangerously, undeniably Jesus!
From “The Vision,” by Pete Greig
It is so easy for us to forget the simplicity and power of who we are and where our focus is to be.
“It’s all too possible to serve the “god” of serving Jesus as opposed to serving him out of an enraptured heart that’s been captivated by his irresistible beauty and unfathomable love.”
Jesus Manifesto, Len Sweet & Frank Viola
We so easily get wrapped up in our traditions and agendas that we forget that it is not about us; it is about Jesus and him alone.
Being concerned about the church is quite egocentric. The church is us. We are to concern ourselves with Jesus. He is our only concern—nothing else—not even the church. When we concern ourselves with Jesus, and him alone, he will care for us…his people, the church!
He brings in new people.
The Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:47b)
He brings the growth.
Paul planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God brought the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:6)
We, on our own, can change nothing.
As the old hymn says:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace.
So, what is the vision? It is of Jesus and him alone. He is our Creator, Sustainer, Savior, Lord, and friend. He is our all in all. May we turn back to our first love that he might care for us—his church.