Proverbs 29:18a KJV tells us, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

To properly understand this verse, we must first define and understand two words: vision and perish.

In this context, the word “vision” can adequately be translated in today’s terminology as seeing a picture. To have vision is to have a picture in mind of how the project will look when complete. Achieving a vision is much like taking a trip: it has two points – a beginning and an end.

The word “perish” literally means to become unusable. The verse is saying that where there’s no picture of what God wants you to accomplish, those around you can’t help you accomplish the task. Simply stated, vision is a God-given picture of what He wants you to achieve in your life, job or ministry for His glory.


Understanding Vision

A vision can best be illustrated in two ways: a football play and a Thanksgiving dinner.

In football, every offensive play begins with a picture of what’s to be accomplished. A coach knows beforehand what he wants to happen. If he wants to score a touchdown, he calls a play designed to achieve that goal.

In the same way, when planning a big Thanksgiving meal, the host knows what the table will look like before the turkey is placed in the oven. The menu is planned well in advance, and work assignments are made before the table is set. That picture is what determines the look the meal will have when everyone sits down to enjoy it.

Football plays and Thanksgiving meals don’t just happen; they’re envisioned. Likewise, churches that are accomplishing great things for God do so by achieving the vision He has set before them.

So, the question is this: How do you accomplish God’s vision for your church?

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