Question: “What is the difference between mission and vision?” We live in a time when everyone is trying to craft a captivating vision statement and define a clear mission. Why is this important? For us followers of Jesus, we are invited to set aside our own agendas and ambitions and enter into God’s mission. His mission is to bring salvation to the whole world and that is a preferred vision for the future!
Abraham’s life is an example of a man who stepped into God’s mission and dared to believe that he could make a difference in the world. Gen 12:1 says, “One day, the Eternal One called out to Abram” (Gen 12:1a The Voice). God spoke, Abram listened and the result was a connection, a new relationship with God that would be life-altering. Abram’s connection with God was the starting point for deep change, a new direction and destiny for him and his family.
Next, God called him to a commitment of faith and obedience. “Leave your country. Leave your relatives and your father’s home, and travel to the land I will show you.” (Gen 12:1b The Voice). His connection to God was now leading him to disconnect with some old things and start moving in a new direction. Abram and his household were on their way to a place of promise and making this journey took some serious commitment. They were launching out into something bigger than their ordinary lives and this began with taking steps of commitment.
So his connection with God led him to make a commitment to start a journey. He left things behind but had an expectation that God was going to do something great. This expectation was based on the concluding part of God’s promise: “I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.” (Gen 12:2-3 The Message).
God was commissioning him into a promise of greatness and blessing that would have impact well beyond his own life. The commission moved him into a life of faith that produced miracles. Abram and Sarai were old and childless but eventually they got their miracle son, Isaac. Even so, God’s promise to make this little nomadic family a blessing to the nations still looked like a distant dream!
As we look back, it is easy to see what God has done. Abram’s Connection with God naturally progressed into a Commitment to believe and obey. His commitment moved him into God’s Commission which was full of promise, not just for his own life and family, but would one day bless every man, woman and child on planet earth. His participation in God’s mission actually started the events that would bring Jesus Christ into the world.
What about you and me? Is your connection to God challenging you to take steps of faith? Are you committed to growing and moving forward as a follower of Jesus, in spite of the challenges? Has God’s commission started to reshape your personal dreams and ambitions around His grand purpose for the future? Abraham stepped into God’s mission and vision as he became:
|Connected to God|
|Committed to Grow|
|Commissioned to Go|
God’s plans for us are much, much larger than our little livesbutour small part in His grand mission will produce big results. Just follow the footsteps of Abraham and watch what happens!
Do you see it?