Alright already! This is the last post on apathy. I'm not sure I care about it anyway. Just kidding!
"What I really lack is to be clear in my mind what I am to do, not what I am to know...The thing is to understand myself, to see what God really wishes me to do...to find the idea for which I can live and die."
A lack of vision leads to apathy. But is vision something we create in ourselves?
I think of Saul on the road to Damascus. He was blinded by a light and met Jesus. He was told, "Get up and enter the city and you will be told what you are to do." (Acts 9:6 NRSV) We know Paul was changed from that very day and preached the Good News to the Gentiles.
Joshua and Caleb reported the land they had been promised was "an exceedingly good land." Nehemiah prayed and fasted and then said, "Let's rebuild the wall!" Stephen, the first martyr, saw heaven opened and cried, "Lord don't hold this sin against them!"
There are tons of other examples. In each of these situations, it was God who established the vision. Once the vision was established, it was up to those receiving it to see the vision to completion.
It's more than a warm, fuzzy feeling. It's the difference between living and dying. When God gives the vision, there are no other options. Jesus said we must be willing to die. I believe he means both spiritually and physically.
After all, the vision God gives needs no corrective lenses.
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