One thing that most of us have discovered through experience, is that if it does not come from God it’s completely worthless. But then at the same time we know the danger of operating as a solo act, or even worse when there is authority over us finding that we’re not in perfect sync with the perfect will of God. What I am clearly talking about is the precious diamond that every visionary person is seeking ~ for the perfect will of God and the perfect authority to protect you.
When I was a young man of about 24 years I learned one of the greatest lessons, that has affected my entire life, from the Chinese teacher “Watchmen Nee”. In his Christian book on spiritual authority he talked about the many classical stories in the Bible ~ where being under authority is very important to success, and not failure, in your life. The lessons that he talked about were so important, and impacted in my life to such a degree, that it has caused me to stay under my mother’s authority until even today when she is 92 years old.
My family and I just completed a tour of Europe where we witnessed the castles and the splendor of rulership over the last 2000 years. We also noticed how men and women learned how to be under authority ~ and because of this were given great authority. But there is another lesson that was a little harder to see.
This is when rulers are under authority, and at the same time are humble and submitted to the presence of God. Those rulers did things that ended up affecting the entire continent of Europe. They were in submission in their personal relationship with Jesus Himself, and Jesus gave them great visions that became the inspiration for we now call the Renaissance.
So we see that it is not just vision alone that is important. There were leaders like Louis XVI, who had great vision but it did not include a personal relationship with Christ ~ and it resulted in the French Revolution. We know that true visions come from God. Yet we also realize that new wine, lasting visions cannot be done single-handedly but require a group effort. That’s why our church, “A Place To Meet Jesus,” must submit to visions from God as a group effort as we see the next Renaissance unfold around us. And hopefully the world will join in and open up the doors to even colonize outer space!
Apostle Paul wrote these powerful words: “All this energy issues from Christ: God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which He speaks and acts, by which He fills everything with His presence.”
Obviously the vision that God has given us is so great it is impossible for us to achieve it in any manner by ourselves. For this reason we must take these instructions given to us in the Scripture to heart: “Go to now, ye that say, ‘To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain’: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, ‘If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.’ But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
God is about to lay out and uncover the great visions of the future for us. But let us not start drawing up schedules and plans based on what we see in the future, but instead follow follow, FOLLOW, FOLLOW His presence!