Laying hold of God’s purpose

Vision without action is nothing more than day dreaming. Day dreaming is thinking about nice things that simply transport us out of the present and provide some momentary relief.

Vision is more than a few nice thoughts that relieve our uninspiring present. Vision is something that grabs us and inspires, and calls us from where we are to somewhere else, but it doesn’t just happen, it requires our response.

The danger for those who love and emphasise the sovereignty of God, is in surrendering to a fatalistic attitude to life, a ‘whatever will be, will be,’ approach, where we just roll with whatever life brings our way, passively accepting it as God’s sovereign will.

Scripture paints a different picture. Salvation delivers from an endless round of predictability into a life of true purpose ordained for us by God. It calls is into action, to seize the day, to be proactive rather than reactive.

Paul the apostle expressed it this way, “Not that I have already attained or am already perfect; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” (Phil. 3:12 nkjv). God had laid hold of him for a purpose, and he was determined to lay hold of it – God’s sovereign purpose required his willing and active response.

What about you – dreamer or visionary? Passive yielding or pro active engagement?

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